This annual January trip used to be my retreat from the world, a time of solitude, reflection and self exploration, sometimes facing up to and overcoming my demons, in a place that was alien but where I felt comfortable.
Ha! Ha! instead I find that I am meeting people from all over the wolrd and socialising in a way I never have done at home. Which ironically is the biggest demon of all that I have faced up to….fear of socialising! Fantastic!
Still this gives me an excuse to return alone, maybe in a few weeks!
So what have I been up to in Paris? well there was my annual trip to Cirque d’Hiver. I know, I know, not quite PC, with all the animals etc but this traditional highly professional circus is part of my Paris winter experience.
In the past they have had lions, who all seemed very happy and healthy and even emotionally fond of their trainer. But this year we saw tigers who looked healthy but seemed grumpy with ears back and snarling a bit and did not seem to like the trainer very much…..neither did the girl he threw knives at further on in the programme! LOL!
Point is that these animals are probably several generations of captive circus animals, so setting them free in their natural habitat, would probably be like asking me to live in a wood and forage for berries, so maybe they are better off where they are. I am not sure what the answer is. Stop breeding animals in captivity for this purpose I guess.
Certainly there are less animals in circuses these days. In previous years there have been elephants, Lamas and birds.. In this circus there were horses and dogs. Both not wild animals and training no different than dressage or sheep gathering, so I didn’t think they were being abused.
They have a different programme every year and this did not disappoint.