For those tired of the usual tourist haunts in France, mix up your trip with more curious and exotic fare, find something unusual, forget the backpackers lodges and hit up holiday villas in France. These three strange attractions will turn a museum trip, outdoor stroll, and dinner into an interesting affair.
Le Musée des Arts Forains (The Museum of Carnival Art)
This magical display of carnival delight is only open to the public every December—the rest of the year it is shut away only available by appointment. With its soft lighting and exquisitely detailed antique funfair, it transports you to another world. Perhaps that’s the idea as the tour invites you to experience three distinct universes: The Marvelous Theater, The Venitians Lounges, and The Fairground Art Museum. With your admission fee, you are able to take pleasure in a few of the old-school games or rides, some over a hundred years old.
Le Cimetière des Chiens et Autres Animaux Domestiques
(The Cemetery of Dogs and Other Pets)
For animal lovers, perhaps take a step into the oldest pet cemetery in the world. Built at the turn of the 20th century, this cemetery holds over 40,000 animals. This cemetery was created due to a French law enacted in 1898 stating that animals must be buried in “hygienic graves” rather than thrown out in the trash or into the river. The Hollywood star Rin Tin Tin is its most famous resident. Besides dogs, a menagerie of creatures is buried here including a monkey, racehorse, and lion. Other domestic animals such as cats, rabbits, hamsters, mice, birds, and fish have made the cemetery their resting place.
Dans Le Noir Restaurant
Food seduces you by using your senses before you take a bite. Hearing the sizzle of butter hitting the pan. Smelling the wafting spices. Staring at the perfectly plated meal. Feeling the weight of a hefty burger. At the Dans Le Noir, one of these senses is taken away. Sight. A visually impaired server leads and assists you in dining in the dark. The result is a mixed bag—some believe it heightens their remaining senses while others complain that it dulls the overall meal. Decide for yourself. Pick the surprise menu and try to guess what you’re eating. It’s harder than you would expect.