why, it’s the salon de l’agriculture 2010! (that explains all the not-so-nice fluorescent lighting). perhaps i should use the past tense. but right after istanbul, i made a beeline for paris the weekend after for a daytrip to this massive gathering of france’s gastronomic pride.
imagine. a huge convention center. separated by france’s regions. all giving out samples. all selling their specialties. all eager to talk to you. all happy to talk about how X from their region is special and better than X from another region.
you’re overwhelmed. you spend about 2 hours wandering around.
and then you find out there’s a second floor because one floor didn’t cover all of france.
more hours pass. and you find out they have real, actual, living, breathing animals as well. goats, ducks, horses, donkeys – if it has to do with farms, it’s here! and giant expositions. and performances.
you didn’t finish, because you had a train to catch back to evreux. but you were already very overloaded on food and information, so that was fine. and you also came back with a very heavy plastic bag full of brochures and flyers – reading material that will last a while.