SLEEPING IN THE GREATEST SHOW ON ERATH
Living in the circus is one of the most recurrent of children’s dreams. Every child has felt attracted at some time by life amongst tightrope walkers, clowns, lion tamers and contortionists, and discovering life amongst the tent poles. Now it is possible to make a dream come true and see a form of life now in danger of extinction.
We are talking about the Raluy circus, one of the most famous and oldest in Spain (in 1996 the Ministry of Culture gave it the National Circus Award). Today it is permanently on tour and can be considered to be travelling museum because it explains a small part of the country’s history. Its owners, Carlos and Luis Raluy, keep up the family tradition started by their father, Lluís, who in the 1940s would go to the London Bar in Barcelona, an important meeting place for all those of the profession. Here he met Marina Tomàs Jorba, who despite belonging from a well-off family, had no doubt in supporting him and together they made a name for themselves throughout Europe with their human cannonball show.
The brothers of the Raluy Circus inherited the passion and respect from their parents for these carriages that they now treat as museum items and with which they keep alive their own personal story. In fact, in 2010 they restored one of the oldest carriages dating back to the early 20th-century, to turn it into a hotel on wheels.
They keep it for those who want to visit for a few days, to sleep where true artists laid, just a few metres away from the central ring. To do this, check out the company’s calendar on its web site to see where it is stopping, choose your destination and book your special room. The carriage is prepared for four people with all of the comforts of a hotel and the extra appeal of forming part, just for a few hours, of an important Spanish artistic dynasty that defends the classical tradition of the circus, and that of one’s childhood dreams.
Sleeping in the Raluy hotel with wheels is a unique experience because it also means living among the workers of the great circus family, sharing their training and attending the moments before the show begins, which you are sure to see differently from the rest of the spectators.
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