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Saturday 3rd September 2011 Weather:-Good from what I remember.

I took a ‘sickie’ and Herman and Peter spent the day harvesting and generally mucking around in the dungeon with all the farm equipment

Sunday 4th September 2011 Weather:-24degrees/few little drizzles

Well we finally made it to too the day time session of Puy du Fou today as the antibiotics are starting to do their job. The Puy du Fou is split into five main attractions, each show running for about 40 minutes and with them taking a lunch time break the 5 main shows is all that we could fit in. I know that you have heard this before but our photos (from both the day and night show) just do not do it justice. There is so much fast action going on with galloping horses and fireworks--not resulting in as good images as the real thing.

Our first stop was the ‘Richelieu's Musketeer’ show which was set in a giant 17th-century theatre, and is filled with lots of swordplay, flamenco ballets, daring horseback riding and amazing special effects and near the end of the show the whole floor gets flooded giving you lots reflections. It's run to the sound of baroque music with an enormous fountain that has 120 moving water jets which reach 30m, taking off to fit with the music.

‘The Secret of the Lance’ is set in front of the battlements of a Middle Ages castle. Its story is of a young shepherdess defending alone her donjon, the fortified main castle tower, from English knights’ she is helped by a lance with supernatural powers. After that it was time to relax over a light lunch

Next came ‘The Gladiators’ show which takes place in a 115m-long amphitheatre, a replica of the Colosseum in Rome called the Gallo-Roman. It even has a closing roof similar to the one that they had in the Colosseum 2 thousand years ago. The Gladiator battles were re-enacted using stunt actors and horse chariots racing as well as bringing in lions and tigers to menace the ‘Christians’ thank goodness there was no blood spilled. All in all this show takes eighty actors, 45 horses, eight big cats and 60 other animals that take you back to the third century AD.

‘The Vikings’ which is one of the most spectacular shows is in a reconstructed 1000-year-old feudal castle which is under attack by a Viking longship. It begins in a hamlet of thatched roofed houses where there is a wedding in progress when suddenly Viking warriors arrive in their drakkar boats to plunder the village one of the boats comes down a ramp and plonks itself in the lake and another longboat emerges from under water with 3 Vikings standing on its deck, then we see a Saint walking on water. It was all done extremely well.

The final show that we were able to fit in today was ‘The Ball of the Phantom Birds’ is held in the ruins of a castle. Dozens of birds of prey surge out of a ghostly dovecote and swoop around the dungeon. It's incredibly dramatic and perfectly choreographed. No wonder it is described as a ballet in the sky. No mean feat — it took around 20 years to succeed in getting 150 birds to fly around at the same time. Around 400 of them, including owls, falcons, eagles, vultures, pelicans and storks, are trained at Puy du Fou's Falconry Academy.

By this time (7:30pm) we had had enough, we were exhausted and it was time to go home, log the story and go to bed

PS tomorow I will put some explenations to the photos

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