Seems like I took a break there… didn’t mean to. Just lots of back-to-school business to take care of at this time of year. I think it’s mostly finished, for now.
On Friday, my friend M & I went to Carnivàle Lune Bleue out in Kars. Had no idea what to expect, other than what the website had told us, as none of our peers had ventured out yet. We arrived quite early, around 6:30, and it was pretty dead. It possibly killed some of the ambiance by going early like that – I suggest you go at night when it’s all lit up and spooky-looking. There were two psychics doing Tarot readings, set up like an old gypsy caravan. We both had our cards read. For $5, you got a pretty solid reading, at least 5 minutes long and quite detailed. Wendy & Michele, the psychics, did it together, which I understand is an unusual way to do a reading, but good fun. It was my first formal reading. I’ve played around with cards for years, and had friends read for me, but never actually paid someone for it. Some very interesting revelations came forth, let me tell you. I hardly told them anything, and they went right into the area I was interested in – my career – and focused mostly on that. They also predicted some interesting things relationship-wise. I guess we’ll see if any of it comes true. It was a GOOD reading, and I went away both amused and impressed. M’s reading was very different from mine, from what I could hear, but also positive. I think it’s definitely worth $5, if not just for the experience, and this is coming from a highly skeptical Psychology MA student.
I don’t want to ruin the whole thing for people who want to experience it themselves, so I’ll just give you a quick run-down with some photos.
Once you go through the gates, you’ll see some tents, some games, some folks dressed in period garb, the Ferris wheel, and the carousel. It’s not a huge midway, by any definition, but that’s not where the strength of Lune Bleue lies. If you’re going just for a Super Ex-type midway, it will be a letdown. It’s not worth $40 for a Ferris wheel and carousel. I can’t say I didn’t enjoy them, but I’m not much of a midway kind of girl, so this 30s-style thing was more my speed. If I can haul myself up on one of those carousel horses, you can too! I found the Ferris wheel to be very relaxing, especially without pumping dance music and crazy lights.
We saw the exotic animals show, and it was OK. It was entertaining, but having had friends with snakes and weird pets, it wasn’t anything mind-blowing for me. They do have some cool snakes, and the folks running the show were good at what they did. Want to see a big snake? Like, really big? Go there.
Cirque Maroc was very good. This was probably worth close to $60 on its own. Some amazingly talented women acrobats put on a surprisingly erotic show. They don’t strip or anything like that, but they don’t need to do that. It’s just sexy stuff. The $80 tickets get you front row seats to the show, but that didn’t appear to be necessary. We sat back several rows and could see just fine. The performers are up off the ground for most of the show anyhow. But yes, very entertaining.
The final show we saw was Carnival Diablo. I remember seeing them do some of their act on a MuchMusic Halloween special about 13 years ago, and have wanted to see them live ever since. I’m saying “them” but I think Nikolai Diablo is the only constant in the show since then. He’s a great host – very funny, over-the-top, and well rehearsed. He does several stunts/illusions himself, and keeps the show moving. I must admit, he got the old goth kid in me a’twitching… in that good, pervy kind of way… Anyhow, the performance we saw also featured a sword swallower (amazing) and the strong man (funny), although I’ve heard they switch it up a bit, so you might see something else. I was a silly fan girl at the end and got a postcard signed by Nikolai Diablo. Incidentally, my spellchecker keeps suggesting I replace “Diablo” with “Doable” – and that’s not a stretch, in my opinion, but people tell me I’m weird.
That’s about it. I didn’t play any games, but M tried at least one in my presence. There’s some other good things to see too, but I won’t spoil that for you. All in all, it was good fun. Worth the $60 pass and the time/energy to get out to Kars. I think it’s a good location, as being in the middle of an open field away from the city lights does help set the mood, but they would probably get more people if it was closer to the city. The food was not bad, but was somewhat limited in options. And to round out the necessities, the Porto-potties were the cleanest I’ve experienced in Ottawa. I have a few tips to pass on if you’re thinking of going:
♣ Bring some change or smaller denomination bills – a few places were running low and I’m sure it’d be appreciated.
♣ Bring BUG REPELLENT – Seriously folks, I wore sandals and my feet were just ravaged by those little fuckers.
♣ Think twice about bringing little kids – there isn’t a ton for them to do there, and you’ll probably have more fun without them anyhow!