Powerwalking down to Concorde in the snow!

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On Friday, Relationnel and I went to the sales to replace some of the clothing that disappeared with our missing suitcase. We left our sports shoes until last and I was a bit reluctant to make the effort. Fortunately, Relationnel overcame my reticence and we went to Au Vieux Campeur. This time, I was eventually helped by a young man who was keen to practise his English and talk about Australia. The shoes I bought are actually much better (and cheaper) than the last ones. Thanks to Aurelia (see comment), I managed to get a receipt for the ones in the suitcase.

Palais Royal Gardens

Palais Royal Gardens

So when I woke up on Saturday and saw that the snow was still on the ground, I was able to go power walking for the first time in months.  At about 10.30, I headed for the Tuileries where I was certain I’d find a good depth of snow.

Night Revellers Kiosk on Place Colette

Night Revellers Kiosk on Place Colette

Next to the Night Revellers’ Kiosk on Place Colette, greatly improved in my opinion by its layer of snow, the waiter from Le Nemours was sweeping a path across the Place, doing what all retailers and caretakers should do: remove the snow from the pavement to avoid accidents, particularly when the temperature drops and it becomes icy.

Ducks on the first pond in the Tuileries

Ducks on the first pond in the Tuileries

In the Tuileries, there were no sailing boats on the first pond – just the ducks swimming busily around the unfrozen section.

Looking towards the Louvre Museum

Looking towards the Louvre Museum

Neither was there anyone sitting on the green chairs facing the Louvre and piled high with snow.

Pond behind Café Diane

Pond behind Café Diane

I checked out the pond next to Café Diane, one of my five favourite lunch venues near the Louvre, but the tables were deserted there too.

Big Wheel at Concorde

Big Wheel at Concorde

In the distance, the Big Wheel was just a haze and the whole scene looked as though it were in black and white!

Pond near Place de la Concorde

Pond near Place de la Concorde

Closer up, I could see the seagulls on the pond near the Big Wheel with the Orangerie and Place de la Concorde in the distance.

Rodin's "Kiss"

Rodin’s “Kiss”

There were still two people kissing further down, though, undeterred by the cold snow.

Thomas Moore's "Reclining Figure"

Henry Moore’s “Reclining Figure”

As I made my way back, Henry Moore’s Reclining figure seemed to be making the most of the snowfall.

Family having a snow fight in the Tuileries Gardens

Family having a snow fight in the Tuileries Gardens

Further on, a family was having a joyous snowfight, and aimed a snowball at me when they saw me taking photos. But I ducked just in time!

In front of the first pond in the Tuileries

In front of the first pond in the Tuileries

When I reached the last pond, I asked a photographer with his tripod if he wouldn’t mind taking a photo of me with my iPhone. I figured he’d know how to take a good photo first off. And he did! I’m wearing my new headband which is the warmest thing I’ve had in a long time – much more comfortable than a woolly hat and wonderful protection for my ears, not to mention my rabbit-lined leather gloves. It was about 1°C after all.

Africans selling hats and gloves in the Tuileries Gardens

Africans selling hats and gloves in the Tuileries Gardens

As I walked back to the Triumphal Arch, I saw that the itinerant sellers were spreading their wares – hats and gloves – to the relief of unprepared tourists.

Caroussel Triumphal Arch

Caroussel Triumphal Arch

By the time I got back to the Palais Royal, there were people galore!

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6 Responses to Powerwalking down to Concorde in the snow!

  1. Susan Walter says:

    Pssst! I think you’ll find the reclining woman is by Henry Moore…:-)

  2. Fraussie says:

    Dammit! I did that last time. Barb very kindly pointed it out. It’s because I met Thomas first.

  3. Jill says:

    More snowy photos, yaaay! Cafe Nemours….I just love sitting there and watching the world go by…. You are looking grea, Fraussie, and I LOVE the headband, you trendy thing you! I want one for when I spend that 2 months in Paris over winter !! If only 🙂 x

    • Fraussie says:

      Relationnel was a bit surprised to see the headband but he approved! You need to be able to drop everything and fly over when snow is predicted – only you could find that your plane can’t land because of the ice …

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