I often feel that I live in a world where nothing is quite what it seems – working with historic buildings you learn to expect the unexpected, you seem to uncover things that you couldn’t predict and that’s what I love about my job – quirky things. If you have a probing mind as I do, you would love the Curious Corner of Chamarel, which I found quite by chance, whilst on holiday – their motto is that the future belongs to the curious – the ones who are not afraid to try it, explore it, discover it, question it and turn it upside down. I love that with all projects that I undertake I get the chance to try, explore, discover, question and if all else fails turn it upside down and start again.
Curious Corner is full of fun packed illusions which are set out for your entertainment or even frustration, and which will leave you quite literally, not believing your eyes! Once you have paid your entrance fee, you are put into what appears to be a library from the past and your first task is to find your way into the museum! I tipped books, lifted things up, tapped things and eventually found my way into a world of illusions (I don’t want to say how long it took, but let’s just say it wasn’t easy!).
Once inside you will see things that your brain says just isn’t possible, but that your eyes will insist is! As well as illusions, there are interactive activities for you to participate in – try wearing the glasses that make you see everything upside down, whilst trying to score a ‘slam-dunk’ or take part in the laser music room where you play a giant game of ‘Lights-Out’ with different music styles.
Once outside, (you have to get out of the mirror maze first!), to finish off you can see other illusions in the beautiful garden setting as well as having baked bean flavoured ice-cream at the cafe!