Special fun in Paris until mid August.

Old Jul 16th, 2006, 11:59 PM
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Special fun in Paris until mid August.

Yesterday we went to the Grand Palais in Paris for the third day of a special exposition that will continue to the middle of next month. It is called something like "Grand Spectacle --Great Machines". Although the hosts only speak in French, we spent a couple hours laughing hysterically at such elaborate machines as the one that you crank to dig a spatula into Nutella, then continue to crank as it spreads it on bread, then rolls it down a shoot through a little red curtain that opens on cue and presents it to the waiting guest. There are giant machines that spin a musician inside a huge wheel to play a set of drums, machines that are worked by chickens, and many more. The highlight is a giant catapult that several times a day they rig and cut the rope with an axe to catapult a piano through the air to smash to bits on the concrete floor some 25 to 35 feet away. For 5 euros, I guaranted that anyone who visits this exposition will never ever say the French have no sense of humor.
 
Old Jul 17th, 2006, 12:27 AM
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Is this happening every day? I can't find any info on the net but might want to try and stop by this afternoon? Please, more info - and thanks!

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Old Jul 17th, 2006, 01:34 AM
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My hubby and I were laughing about this! In English (http://www.quartierdete.com/pdf/PQE_...am_english.pdf) or in French (http://www.quartierdete.com/).
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Old Jul 17th, 2006, 06:54 AM
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Thanks for the info, we're going to try and get there wednesday!
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Old Jul 17th, 2006, 08:01 AM
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It is closed on Mondays. We only knew about it because we saw a movie and they had a trailer, showing the piano catapult.
 
Old Jul 17th, 2006, 08:48 AM
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Neo!! Hello, you are sorely missed!
Cannot wait to hear all the details of your TripS!

Keep Crankin! lol
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Old Jul 17th, 2006, 04:56 PM
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How's the apartment in Paris? Anxious to read your report!
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Old Jul 17th, 2006, 08:23 PM
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Sounds like a lot of fun--and a great thing to do for anyone traveling with children this summer.
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Old Jul 17th, 2006, 08:56 PM
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Thank you for sharing this info, Neopolitan - Too bad we're going to miss this as we are arriving on the 3rd week of August - looks like a lot of fun...how is the weather like there right now?
 
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Thanks again for this tip, we went to the expo the other night and enjoyed ourselves a lot!!! Amazing to get travel recommendations while on vacation!
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How can I go on vacation and miss out on great information like this??!!

We can't wait to go with our kids in a couple of weeks - merci for the tip!
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Kwren, make SURE your kids don't miss the demonstraations of the snow machine and giant water cannon! You'll be smiling about it for days!

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posting again because the other reply hasn't shown up yet (which proably guarantees that as soon as I push the button they will both print)...

Thanks john - I've made a note of both those and we look forward to seeing them!
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