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The first edition of the Unusual Travel Show will be held next March, from the 10th to the 12th. Something to surprise and meet growing demand: experience.

Daniel Benchimol, whom the world of tourism knows well, that of television too, has decided to get started. Generally by unusual we mean particular dwellings of the yurt type or cabins in the woods. No, there the public (tourism professionals too) will be able to discover something to live joyful experiences near or more distant.

Daniel Benchimol

Logically, to host this show, it was necessary to have a place…unusual of course. Daniel Benchimol therefore chose the Cirque d’Hiver Bouglione in Paris. For those who do not know and will be able to discover it on occasion, this Circus dating from 1852, inaugurated by Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte, future Napoleon III, is classified as a historical monument.

Daniel Benchimol expects more or less 80 exhibitors. The unusual trip can be, for example, the island of Saint Helena where Napoleon “the great” died, located in the South Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of the extreme North-West of Namibia. It seems that the island and the house of the prisoner of Lockwood attract more and more visitors.

But the unusual journey can be much closer

I interviewed two participants and, no doubt, it is unusual

Big traffic jam at La Palisse. Photo JC Cordier

Thus, Magalie Carton, animation manager of the town of La Palisse (in the Center region, in Sologne Bourbonnaise) will present the major attraction of its city which goes from 3,300 inhabitants to 30,000 every two years for an astonishing event: the big traffic jam. And yes, we travel from all over the world to attend a traffic jam, but not just any traffic jam. This one, which Magalie and her husband take care of, was inspired by the work of historian Thierry Dubois, specialist in the famous National 7 and supported by the mayor at the time when La Palisse had to reinvent itself after the diversion. National 7. That, you know, of the nougat of Montélimar, the song of Charles Trenet and especially the road of the holidays towards the beaches of the South. Every two years, on the second weekend of October, hundreds of cars from the 1950s and 1960s with passengers in period outfits and accessories, with luggage, police and firefighter uniforms, arrive. have fun creating a good-natured traffic jam. You will even see hitchhikers, young girls with pin-up style outfits and hairstyles, Solex, vintage scooters. And even vintage campsites. The success is such that the organizers now limit the numbers to 1,000 vehicles. We may love traffic jams but still…

Evening and mystery night at the Gamotel

Another unusual exhibitor, the Gamotel, the first of its kind, operated since 2020 by the Mormin couple.

It is a pretty mansion of the 19th century located between Paris and Lyon, in Côte d’Or in Vitteaux. We spend the night there for a escape room very elaborate. A micro-adventure for small groups or families that takes you on a stroll, from 6 p.m., throughout the manor from the attic to the cellar on its 300 m2 surrounded by a park. The 4 comfortable rooms and the dormitory welcome groups of friends, families and often bachelor parties or birthdays. So much so that all weekends are already reserved until October. Success helping a second hotel on the same principle is in anticipation closer to Paris

As long as you imagine a new living room as much as it is funny. No doubt this one will be. See you in March

Unusual Travel Fair: March 10-12, at the Cirque d’hiver Bouglione in Paris (near Place de la Bastille) Free admission upon registration

I am interested but I am in the South West of France…..

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