Paris Tips: Bouncing with the Clowns!
By Theadora Brack
Aren’t we a pair? You’re in midair and I’m here at last on the ground—pinching from Joni Mitchell. Where are the clowns?
Let’s launch the week with a nod to a few of my favorite wits, clowns and puppets in Paris. (I’ve also included a pic of the Clown Motel in Tonopah, Nevada. I shot it during a recent jaunt to the state. I do love clowns.)
So without further adieu, let the show begin!
Trekking to Paris? During the fall and winter, warm-up with the clowns at the one-ring Cirque d’hiver Bouglione. Imagine! Degas, Seurat, and Toulouse-Lautrec sat on these same red-velvet seats!
Tip! Stop by the nearby Clown Bar for a pre-show nibble. Its circus memorabilia-covered walls and frites will help get the party started. Pack your camera because there’s usually a photo-op with the troupe during intermission. For the love of Bozo, just do it!
Pleased as punch
During the warmer months, get all punchy with the 202-year-old puppet Guignol and his rowdy entourage at the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont’s Théâtre Guignol Anatole. Before moving to the park in 1867, this same theater worked the crowds into laughing frenzies over on the Champs Élysées.
Tip! There are more than a dozen puppet theaters in Paris. For current show listings, pick up a weekly entertainment guide at any newsstand or kiosk. Also, keep your eyes peeled for posters. Now send in the clowns!