This was our second visit to Provins and to the Aigles des Remparts display. In 2008, there had been rather more narrative in French about the origins of falconry and some twee sub-Disney 'legends'. The 2011 presentation is more visual and more strongly focussed on flying the various species of birds of prey and contrasting their differing styles of hunting.
Non-French speakers will be able to enjoy the performance of the birds, the proximity of many of the less intimidating ones and the spectacular flight of both the eagles and vultures. The falconers readily walk amongst the audience, often standing just behind you so the birds swoop within a hair's breadth. Later, the Caracaras are encouraged to sit on your arm; a great photo opportunity! On our previous visit one of the vultures flew off for 20 minutes or more, so there's scope for some unexpected drama.
There's a small zoo and aviary to see the birds and animals in the show after the performance. This display would appeal to all ages. Check out You Tube and the Aigles des Remparts website. Show times are displayed in the Tourist Centre at the entry to the walled town. Allow ten minutes to walk out to the Theatre des Remparts just beside the Porte de Jouy. We paid 11 euros per adult, children are discounted but not seniors. Definitely worth a visit BUT be aware that times often seem to overlap with the jousting and medieval warfare shows elsewhere in Provins.
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