Europe Traveler's event picks for March 31-April 1
By KAREN BRADBURY | Stars and Stripes | Published: March 26, 2018
Ciney Puces et Salon des Antiquaires/ Ciney Flea Market and Antiques Salon
Address: Ciney-Expo, Rue du Marche Couvert 3, 5590 Ciney, Belgium
Dates: March 30-April 2 (10 a.m.-8 p.m.)
At the spring edition of this huge biannual flea market, some 500 exhibitors sell goods from antiques to china, costume jewellery and other curiosities. At 2 p.m. Friday, March 30, trucks and vans in the parking lot unfurl their tarps, prompting a frenzied rush of bargain hunters. The indoor hall also promises many happy hours of perusal.
Admission: Adult entry costs 10 euros March 30 and 8 euros all other days; those under 12 enter free.
Namur Capitale de la Biere de Saison/ Namur Fest of Seasonal Beers
Address: Union Royale Namur, Place Andrei Ryckmans, Salzinnes, Namur, Belgium
Dates: March 30-31 (4 p.m.-1 a.m. next day March 30; 11 a.m.-midnight March 30)
This festival centers around the beer type known as saison: a hoppy, fruity and refreshing pale ale. Some fifty beers await sampling at this fest organized in cooperation with the local soccer team.
Cavalcade de Herve
Address: Chapiteau Place Albert, Herve, Belgium
Date: April 2 (from 2 p.m.)
Easter Monday is greeted with a parade made up of brass bands and dozens of floats pulled by impressive draft horses. Performances by musical ensembles and dancing groups follow, and are capped off by a fireworks display at 9 p.m.
Foire du Trone
Address: Bois de Vincennes, 75012 Paris, France
Dates: March 30-May 27 (noon-midnight daily; fair remains open until 1 a.m. the next day on Saturdays and public holidays)
When the culture, museums and architecture of chic Paris grows overwhelming, one can always switch gears completely with a visit to a fun fair offering hundreds of attractions and 80 rides, including many that look to be downright scary.
Ostermarkt/ Easter Market
Address: An der Burg 3, 53894 Mechernich, Germany
Dates: April 1-2 (noon-7 p.m. both days)
Burg Satzvey, an imposing moated castle, hosts an annual Easter market with a days-of-yore flair. Craftsmen at work, musicians, and walking acts entertain the older folks as the children decorate eggs or create other works of art. The Easter bunny even stops by to help with the Easter egg hunt.
Admission: Adults 8 euros, youth 6.50 euros, ages 4-12 pay 4 euros; a family card for two adults and two children goes for 21 euros.
Scoppio del Carro/ Explosion of the Cart
Address: Piazza del Duomo, Florence, Italy
Date: April 1 (Procession starts 10 a.m., explosion 11 a.m.)
Each year on Easter Sunday, a cart resembling an ornate jewelry box is pulled through the city streets by a pair of garlanded oxen, accompanied by drummers, flag throwers and others in historical costume. The Archbishop lights a dove-shaped rocket that traverses down a wire leading to the cart, setting off the fireworks.
Address: Fishmarket, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Date: April 2 (market starts 8 a.m.)
Tradition holds that the cheerful, clay bird-shaped whistles known as Peckvillercher are sold just once a year, on Easter Monday. Markets and other festivities celebrating the day take place throughout the old town. The town of Nospelt also engages in the whistle-selling tradition.