17.12.12

Skating at Grand Palais



The 1900 Grand Palais is one of my favourite buildings. I often posted about different events taking place under the vast glass vault, e.g. here, here, here and here. For a short period (December 13 – January 6), it’s now open for skating. So I went. (Did I skate?)


Especially during the dark hours, the lights make it look different, spectacular.  There are not only changing lights, also music.






When you pick up your skating shoes, there is a warning about alcoholic tests, but champagne is available. J

20 comments:

Owen said...

Can see you were having a fabulous time... again ! Having too much fun Peter... is this reasonable ? You may have to do some penitence to make up for it all. :-)

Best wishes for happiest of holidays to you !

Denise Covey said...

This is so beautiful. I've seen the skating at the Hotel de Ville. So great.

Denise Covey said...

And I forgot to say - Merry Christmas! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos.

Studio at the Farm said...

Beautiful setting, and it looks like such fun - if you are younger, and not worried about your knees :)

Karin (an alien parisienne) said...

It's magical! Just magical. :) Thank you so much for these great photos. I, too, love the interior of the Grand Palais, and to see it with this splendor is truly lovely.

xx
Karin

Thérèse said...

Peut-etre m'aurait-il fallu une p'tite coupe de champagne pour retrouver le plaisir de patiner mais dans un cadre pareil cela ne doit pas demander aucun effort.
Je n'apercois aucun indice pour determiner si tu as patine ou pas :-)

French Girl in Seattle said...

Wow. Wow. And have I said: "Wow!?" Magical Grand Palais, all spruced up for the Holidays! Love the Champagne touch. C'est Paris, n'est-ce-pas? Thank you for sharing all your beautiful photos of the City of Light - and your research - with us this year, Peter. Happy Holidays to you and your family. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

Olivier said...

c'est surement la plus belle patinoire au monde (avec celle de Central Park en hiver), c'est une superbe idee

ALAIN said...

Bertrand Delanoë devait en avoir marre que cela se passe sous ses fenêtres.

Starman said...

I've never seen it looking better!

M said...

Magical! And it is so nice to know that Champagne doesn't count as an alcoholic beverage :) --- only in Paris!

claude said...

Moi aussi j'aime beaucoup ce Grand Palais. Cette patinoire à un très beau ciel.Merci pour ces jolies photos, Peter.

Synne said...

Formidable! Thank you so much for sharing this. I am DEFINITIVELY going after New Year!

Shionge said...

Hiya Peter...it has been a while since I am here and I bet it is freezing in Europe right now.

If ever, IF I do fly in to Paris we must meet!!!! Promise!!! :)

Cezar and Léia said...

Fantastic shots, I love the colors and lights...I wish I could but I guess skating is not for me! LOL
I'm always envious seeing people enjoying skating! First of all I need to try biking! :)
Hugs!
Léia

La Petite Gallery said...

Dear Peter, Sending warm wishes for a Merry Christmas. That is the building the world Fair was in, right. Just beautiful. Have a glass for me..
yvonne

Anonymous said...

Lindo mesmo...lindo demais...

Essas cores maravilhosas...

Adorei tudo!

Obrigada:
Maria


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Jeanie said...

That's what I love about Paris -- champagne is available!

This looks like tremendous fun -- and I don't even like skating!

Cergie said...

Ils sont beaux les patins oranges... Il y a belle lurette que je n'ai pas traîné mes guêtres dans la capitale, mais il me semble que la patinoire de l'Hôtel de Ville est toujours en place.

delphinium said...

La dernière fois que je suis sortie du grand Palais, on m'a demandé d'ouvrir mon sac.!
Et puis y avait un mec avec moi, il a failli acheter de la porcelaine horrible.:-)))
Mais je n'ai pas vu de bouteilles de champagnes et il n'y avait pas de patinoires. :-))