Knie, the Swiss National Circus comes to Geneva
|Sign? What sign? These elephants are too hard to resist!|
I don't know if American children still dream of running away from home to join the circus, but there's a good chance that Swiss children do when Knie, the Swiss National Circus, comes to town. Their arrival is one of the signs of fall in the French speaking part of Switzerland and is eagerly anticipated by the children just as the "vendange", the harvesting of the grapes to make wine, is by the adults.
Even though I didn't have time to escape to the magical world of the circus, I decided to visit their zoo. Watching the children (and the adults!) marvel over the size of the elephants, the antics of the pygmy goats and the huge horns on the Watusi cows was entertainment enough for me.
Knie will be in Geneva until September 15 when it will pack the big top tent and continue on its annual tour of the country. One of my favorite memories of the circus was seeing the elephants out for their daily stroll next to the lake when we lived near Vevey. It made for a most interesting sight!
Wondering how much it costs to watch the acrobats, the tightrope walkers and the clowns? Ticket prices range from CHF 20-75 (US$ 23-87). In the morning, it's possible to watch the animals rehearse and to visit the zoo for CHF 6 (US$ 7).
|Perched up high|
|Staying in line|
|This bark is delicious!|
|Captivated by the Watusi cow|
|Watching the humans - they do such strange things!|