Saturday, 5 April 2008

Le Cirque

This afternoon we went to the circus "le Nouveau Cirque Triomphe" at Pontcharra, which is 7kms from Sainte Marie d'Alloix. Of course the lions (lionesses actually) came out first and we didn't get off to a good start when one of them sat dutifully on the platform in front of us - and did a poo. Sophie didn't like the smell of that too much...
Hugh sat on my lap for the lions, but joined his sisters in the front row for the rest of the show. He liked the animals, and there were plenty of them - apart from the dog that performed with the lions there were horses, snakes, a camel, llama, and donkey. All the usual circus tricks were there with juggling, balancing, hula hoops, and an aerial hoop with a pretty girl dangling. Probably the part we enjoyed the most was the clown. And maybe that was because he didn't speak, but used a whistle to communicate. He chose two people from the audience to act out his commands which made it even funnier. All the usual circus talk was unintelligible for us, although I now know how long the pythons live for, which temperatures they favour, and how often they shed their skins.

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