Right up there with memories, I love creating traditions. Since moving to Paris one of our traditions has been attending the local carnival at the Grand Palais. Le Grand Nef is so big that they were able to get real rides in 19th century glass and steel monument. Included a mega-ferris wheel and flying swings. It was a child’s fantasy of pink lights and spun sugar, with candy apples and whirling taffy. Being Paris, there was also an oyster bar and champagne. Everyone wins, even if you can’t pop the balloons with your darts.
This year, there will be no carnival. Which sounds tragic, but its not, because instead, the Réunion des Musées Nationaux will be hosting Le Grand Palais des Glaces. Promising disco evenings, real snowfalls and lots of entertainment, this will be the largest indoor ice skating rink in France and it promises to be pure magique!
And because its the holidays and things should be easy, you can purchase your ticket sin advance, online, without having request an exact time or date, as easy as crossing your arms and nodding à la Barbara Eden. Go on line and *POOF* an evening of fun is at your printer tips.
After your time spent slipping and sliding, a stroll by the Champs Elysées Christmas market for a spot of hot mulled wine (please wait until after the skating. I don’t want to be responsible for any missing fingers) and maybe even a ride up the wheel.
What are some of your holiday traditions?