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    2. THE GRAND PARC: spectacles (Top 5)

    by vinc_bilb Updated Sep 13, 2009

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    There is more than enough to fill a full day. Seeing the major shows the same day in fact required a precise planning. The stories are short and the sword-play are long.

    Possible restriction: shows are realistic enough to potentially scare small children , mainly The phantom birds dance and Gladiators.

    - The battle of the keep: around a French Donjon (XV century), chivalry and attack by English knights: Jousting, trick-riding, horseback duels and a movable, flame-throwing castle.

    - The phantom birds dance: Middle age. Hundreds of birds of prey surge from the ruins of the old casttle and swoop low over the heads of the visitors. Amazing

    - Gladiators: Gallo Roamn stadium: Christians and martyrs, Roman legions, Gladiators, lions, tigers, quadrigae and race of tanks : amazing too

    - The vikings: a fortress (X century) is attacked by a Viking Longship, a saint walking on the water.

    - Richelieu's Musketeer (no photographs or cameras) Musketeers performing sword fighting and Gypsy girls Flamenco dancing in water. Horses also perform special techniques and dances. This is the only show that is staged indoors.

    Gladiators: why looking at me ??? The vikings
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    1. THE CINESCENIE: Shivers and emotions

    by vinc_bilb Updated Sep 12, 2009

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    Cinescenie is the best of the best in the Puy du Fou, the largest outdoor (night) show in the world. The standing ovation, offered by the public to the end , well and was largely deserved! More than a show. As a consequence: Book the show in advance ... and your hotel (around) too!

    Duration: 1H40 - By full night
    Location: around the ancient castle (The whole on a scene of 15ha)
    Specific calendar - during the peak season mostly. See the website for the planning
    The show is in French, but the emotions could be understood by everyone. You can hire translated headsets

    Specific : 1000-1500 local actors (volunteers), hundreds of horses, 3000 costumes, spectacular new technology and special effects.
    13 500 places (full...), 300 fireworks
    (No flashs: camera and photographs are OK if no flashs)

    I prefer to leave you dreaming and to discover it.

    History (Context only)
    700 years of history, through the saga of the Maupillier, a family of Vendéens

    Photo from the website (I had only videos)
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    A travel in the history - General list

    by vinc_bilb Updated Sep 12, 2009

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    This theme park does not have any classical activities, it's more a suite of short and beautiful spectacles (25-30 minutes typically), some nice places to visit (a medieval village, ...) and ultimate one with CineScenie (1 hour 40). There are three main activities (1 and 2 are detailed in a dedicated tip):

    1. THE CINESCENIE (No flashs: camera and photographs are OK if no flashs)
    9 million spectators (2008), an impressive stage, 1,200 actors, 6,000 costumes. The world's biggest night time show, the best I ever seen.

    2. THE GRAND PARC: spectacles (ordered by preference)
    - The battle of the keep
    - The phantom birds dance
    - Gladiators, The vikings
    - Richelieu's Musketeer (no photographs or cameras), - The water ballet

    3. THE GRAND PARC: Places to visit
    - The Medieval city, The market town in 1900
    - The 18th century village (Verry interesting, with its many craftsmen working)

    4. THE GRAND PARC: Short spectacles (tip 5-15 minutes)
    - Martin's legend (theatre for children, in French), The minstrel magician verry good), The puy du Fou Odyssey, Musicians

    So, a travel from the roman era to the Vendéen Wars, through the Viking invasion and the Middle Ages... with breathtaking shows and attraction, reconstituted villages...

    Nice to know, advises
    - Most of ths show are outside, so, have the adequate sun / rain protections
    - Count approximately 20-40mn of waiting (access starts 30mn before the shows generally)
    - Some people/children could be scared (The phantom birds dance: eagles flying within 50cm of you, Gladiators: Lion's attack (not direcly shown - hidden, but the Lions are really there))
    - Medieval restaurants (La taverne, ...): it worths the money, more for the medieval atmosphere than for the food. It's less expensive to take your food but ... up to you

    A knight with birds
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    How to get to the Puy du Fou

    by vinc_bilb Updated Sep 11, 2009

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    By Car
    Motorway A87 - exit n°28.
    3 Hours from Paris, 2H30 from Bordeaux

    Angers and Nantes TGV train stations + Cholet TER train station

    A shuttle service between Angers train station and the Puy du Fou is available.
    This is a reservation only service (conditional on availability).
    Call +33 (0) 820 09 10 10 (0,118 €/min.) or visit the website.
    Return : €18/person - Single : €10/person
    Children under 5 years old: free

    How to get there (from website)
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    General informations

    by vinc_bilb Updated Sep 16, 2009

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    Favorite thing: .
    Mid of April to mid of September (approximately), with 3 options:
    /1/ Grand parc (10am – 7pm)
    /2/ Grand parc (10am – 10.30pm) with « organs of fire » show (included in the park entry ticket) or
    /3/ Grand parc (10am – 9 pm) and cinéscénie®
    the cinéscénie begins at 10.30pm in June and July and at 10pm in august and september. please arrive 1 hour before the beginning of the performance

    Prices / Fees
    Park entry ticket Fees (Adult): from 26 to 29€ (1day, 16 for children), 39€ for 2 days
    Grand parc 2 days + cinéscénie: 55€ (Adult), 31€ (children)
    Cinéscénie: 24€ (Adult), 15€ (children)

    Nice to know-practical informations
    - Discount by reserving before Day -7 (typ 3€ per ticket) or by booking through the website
    - free parking
    - translation headsets may be hired for the Grand parc and the cinéscénie: english, German, italian, spanish, dutch and Russian (reservation recommended).
    - pets are not allowed into the Grand parc, into the cinéscénie or in hotels.
    - audio-guide headsets may be hired for the visually-impaired for the cinéscénie performance
    (reservation recommended)
    - Mobile home park is available. The car park is free between 9am and 9pm and costs €5/night.

    Fondest memory: .

    Puy du fou
    30 rue Georges Clemenceau - BP 25
    85590 Les Epesses - Vendée - France
    Fax : +33 (0)2 51 57 35 47
    E-mail : info@puydufou.com
    Tel + 33 (0) 820 09 10 10 (0,118€ /mn)

    The battle of the keep
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    by vinc_bilb Updated Sep 11, 2009

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    Favorite thing: History
    The history of the Puy du Fou park started in 1977 from an initiative, when Philippe de Villiers (now a politician) decided to create an original show, based on the Vendée region history (this region had a strong conflict against the Republic during the revolution).

    The original show is based on his scenario, spanning from the fourteenth century until World War II through the story of a family.

    The Grand Park of the Puy du Fou was opened near the Cinéscénie in 1989

    The park is managed by an association (more than 3000 members now). The first year (1978) was difficult but it changed quickly, and with the sucess, dedicated micro-industries around this know-how (actors, prop-makers , trainers for the featured horse riding and sword fighting, ...) were growing.

    Le Puy du Fou is a private initiative, that has received no funding since its creation.

    Fondest memory: I thought 1 day should be enough ...and I was really wrong.

    The thousands of actors/actresses, hundreds of horses, the amazing special effects: cinescenie is a must, but with emotions

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