Traveling carnivals

Traveling carnivals seem to be pretty much the same across the US and Europe.  You’ve got the bright lights, games of ‘skill’, thrill rides and screaming kids, overpriced fried foods, spun sugar, and that general festive loudness of it all, mixed with a feeling that you’re probably being ripped off.  We have noticed, however, one thing that’s different and a bit dramatic about the traveling carnivals in Europe.  They’re set against an old world backdrop, with gargantuan rides standing next to impressive 16th century buildings.  Here are a few pictures from the traveling carnival, or kermis in Dutch, that came to Venlo this week…

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