It was almost a year ago now. I remember waking up early to the smell of fresh coffee and croissants. The perks of travelling in France with your boyfriend! Well, ex-boyfriend now anyway. It was a long 2 hour drive from Sables D’Olonne to Poitiers and we wanted to get there before Futuroscope opened at 10 am. So we left by 7:30 am and got there around 9:45 am to find decently long queues to get in, even for a Tuesday.
By the time we entered the Parc du Futuroscope, most of the 3D rides were open. The rides are well spaced and most were frequent, allowing us the choice of order. And there were more than enough rides to take you through the entire day if you’re into 3D and being shaken like a rabbit out of a hat. Although, the rides are stationary, combined with the visuals, you feel like you’ve just run through a tree, or crashed into a building, or been plunged to the depths of the sea, or speeding through the reaches of space. And on the rare occasion, they give you bruises on the back like I was the recipient of. My favourite ride was Dances with Robots, which Robots is a fast paced whirl in a 23 feet high robotic arm to music from a great DJ (I think it was Martin Solveig, not sure.) You really do get swung every which way when the robots dance. Awesomely unsettling!
I didn’t take pictures on any of the rides. You’re not really allowed to. Well, actually I was too busy enjoying the experience and forgot to take pics. You forgive, right? Because I did get photos of the amazing futuristic food they served in Le Bar’Lab at L’Futur Expo. L’Futur Expo is a future themed section of Futuroscope that displays technology, games, design and architecture of the future, along with cool bizarre food too!
The best grub they made were the ‘Glace de Cèpes et Foie Gras’, Cocktail Sphérification and the Coupelle D’insects. The ‘Glace de Cèpes et Foie Gras’ was a great tasting ice cream made of mushroom and duck liver. The Cocktail Sphérification is a cocktail of ‘billes de coquelicot’ or poppy balls that have undergone a spherification and stabilisation process. Indescribable!
However for me, the show stopper was the Coupelle D’insects that contained fried grillions and flower worms. The grillions were fine, crispy and fried well. But for a girl who’s afraid of worms as much as some people are afraid of spiders, eating worms was a bit over the top. My boyfriend didn’t even bother coercing me to eat, just happily munching away at the worms leaving me with an ‘up to you’ as always. But that got me going, and once I had a few of them, I liked ‘em. Crispy and crunchy, my favourite sort of worms! Haha! Glad that’s off my bucket list. Wonder what’s in store next?
We then went to The Arena to hurl ourselves down the free-fall slides the I-Schuss and the Z-Schuss, and then do it over again a number of times, like little kids. We also played Mind Ball and a number of other memory and reflex games. Fun! The other events at Futuroscope that I loved was the Cosmic Collisions, which was a planetarium like experience and the awesome Spectacle Nocturne showcasing Lady O that ended the evening. The Spectacle Nocturne was an extraordinary display of sound and light on water that leaves you spellbound. If you reach Futuroscope, you must stay back for the Spectacle Nocturne.
It gets over around 9.45 pm and it’s a bit late. There are restaurants in Futuroscope that are open till late serving food and drinks, and there are also a number of hotels located on and around Futuroscope site that offer good stays. But they were a bit expensive for us. So we chose to stay instead at the Premiere Classe Poitiers Futuroscope Hotel in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou which was pretty reasonable cost-wise and allowed us to check out as late as 12 pm the next day. They even had breakfast on till 12 pm, something the weary traveler appreciates as much as this sleepy traveller did. And after that we were on another long drive to Auvergne region to get closer to the Puy Pariou volcano.
I plan on going back to France and visiting Futuroscope again after a few years. They keep adding new 3D rides and events, and I would love to see what new devices crop up in the future! Maybe taste some new variety of worms too 😉
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