On Sunday afternoon for a bit of cheer we visited the nearby Château d'Écouen. We were able to look around in its lavish interiors dating back to the 16th century - and sojourn outside for a 3 hour (and no less) Renaissance Spectacular! That included reenactments of rural village life with real sheep and pigs, 16th century Paris markets, royal and court affairs with dancing, monks making wine, bit of sword and word play, and yes to our delight some real jousting on horseback! And even though it was hours long, and all in theatrical French accents and I couldn't any understand anything, we had fun. 1564 style.