Thursday, 7 February 2013


One of the pleasures of Paris in Winter are the many pop-up ice rinks around the city.


This one set up in front of Hôtel-de-Ville (city hall) is particularly picturesque, with its grand Renaissance facade and Notre Dame as a surreal back drop.

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I failed to pack my big, flouncy, multi-petticoated skating skirt with me to Paris. I guess I'll just have to do this in jeans like everyone else. Sigh.


I'm a fan of antique carrousels, which Paris has plenty of. There's a particularly pretty one set up next to the ice rink right now. While industrial plastic models abound, you can still occasionally find hand-carved steeds with real horsehair manes and tails.


Not too many kids wanting to ride this time of year.


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