There’s a new holiday event in Paris this year. For the first time ever, the Grand Palais has installed a huge skating rink under the central glass dome from now until January 6, 2013. It’s actually the biggest temporary skating rink anywhere in France at 1,800 square meters and it must surely be the most beautiful rink in the world. And in true French fashion, hanging out with friends and family is as much on the agenda as figure-eights. All around the edge of the rink are espaces de convivialités or “convivial spaces” where you can refresh yourself with some chocolat chaud before hitting the ice again. They’re also organizing special events throughout the short life of the ice rink.
Ice time costs 12€ for adults and 6€ for children. If you don’t have your own patins, never fear, as you can rent skates and even push chairs on rails right there.
The French word for “ice rink” is une patinoire (oon pat-een-wahr). I have a soft spot for ice rinks. Even though I’m a Canadian, I skate like a handicapped duck. Before my husband and I were dating, he organized a youth group activity that was supposed to start with skating. Since he and I were the only ones who showed up, it might actually count as our first date. Fortunately for me, he seemed to like handicapped ducks.
- In Paris, go skate at a palatial ice rink (seattletimes.com)