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VIDEO: Why you need to visit Paris’ new bubble museum

If you're searching for a day out with a difference, check out Paris' new Bubble Museum - a combination of interactive art exhibition and ball pool which focuses on inflatables.

VIDEO: Why you need to visit Paris' new bubble museum
Photo: AFP

Children and adults alike can bathe in the bubbles and balloons, check out the inflatable art exhibits and create their own ‘art’ by getting up close and personal with the items.

Creator Francesco Dobovich told AFP that the idea had come about from the difficulties of the past two years, when many forms of socialising were no longer possible.

He said: “The idea was to help people socialise in a new way, through art.

‘Through the balloon museum we want to make people happy and want to be creators of happiness.”

The Pop Air exhibition is at the Grade Halle at Parc de la Villette in Paris’ 19th arrondisement and runs until August 21st.

Full details here.

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VIDEO: French daredevil beats tightrope record with Mont Saint-Michel crossing

French daredevil tightrope walker Nathan Paulin on Tuesday claimed a new world record as he completed a 2,200-metre-long (nearly 1.4-mile) trip to Mont Saint-Michel along a wire suspended between a crane and the famous abbey on the tidal island, his team said.

VIDEO: French daredevil beats tightrope record with Mont Saint-Michel crossing

Paulin, 28, let himself down on the wire just metres before the finish “for safety reasons” his entourage said.

“He reached the stopping mark and so the (distance) record is beaten,” his spokeswoman, Laura Zhang, told reporters.

Paulin started his walk at an elevation of around 100 metres in late afternoon, secured to a safety line.

It took him two hours to inch his way, barefoot, along the two-centimetre-wide slackline.

Paulin claimed the previous record when he completed the then longest crossing of 1,662 metres in 2017 above the Cirque de Navacelles, a steep-sided canyon in southern France.

French tightrope walker Nathan Paulin arrives for his world record distance attempt on a slackline in the bay of Le Mont Saint-Michel, on May 24, 2022. (Photo by DAMIEN MEYER / AFP)

His team said he had surpassed that mark last year in Sweden, but that the walk to Mont Saint-Michel was the longest.

Mont Saint-Michel, a 1,300-year-old Benedictine abbey, is a UNESCO world heritage site and a major tourist attraction in northwest France.

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