Carnaval Tropical de Paris

Yesterday, when I was out and about in Paris, I stumbled upon this amazing parade on the Champs-Élysées. As it turns out, it was the Carnaval Tropical de Paris, which this time round, was held along the length of Paris’ most famous street.

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This Caribbean festival takes place on the first weekend in July, which I didn’t know, and it’s incredible! Around the Arc de Triomphe, there were a handful of Caribbean street food stalls which smelled amazing, and the music could be heard miles away.

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Having done a bit of research in the wake of this parade, it turns out there’s over 4000 dancers who come from a variety of different groups to showcase their country and heritage. There’s a mixture of groups from France, and some more long haul, from the Martinique, Reunion Island, and Guadeloupe, to name a few.

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Some other countries are allowed to participate, such as Colombia, and Indonesia. Each group has their own float which they decorate in their own unique way to represent the culture. I absolutely loved the Colombian float, which was decorated with hundreds of pieces of fabric, tied on the van.

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I’m annoyed with myself for not remembering the name of the group that I saw just before leaving, because they were my favourite hands-down. They all wore masks, which did seem to frighten a little boy who was stood in front of me, but the music was incredible.

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I’ve uploaded all of my photos from the day to Flickr, so head on over to see more!

Marché aux Fleurs

A few weeks ago, my friend, Connie, and I spent an entire day on the Île de la Cité to take in all that it has to offer, which is a surprising amount for such a small piece of land. Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be posting about and uploading my photos from this trip, in a sort of series, I suppose! Some of them may be heavier on the stories behind the locations, but today we’ll start more visual with the Marché aux Fleurs!

Walking the Coulée Verte

In 1969, the train line from Bastille to Vincennes was closed down, but the path taken by the line still exists, and is now the Coulée Verte. It’s a 4.7km trail which runs from the old station in Bastille (now the Opéra) to the Bois de Vincennes further east. The route is lined with a variety of trees, shrubs, and flowers, which look fantastic now the spring is in full flow.