Before our first daughter, Rana, was born, we decided to decorate her room with a carousel theme. We found carousel crib bedding that also came with a matching diaper hanger and wall hanging. To finish off the decor, we took pictures of carousels whenever we found them. Most French cities of any size have at least one beautifully carved and gilded carousel. And there are plenty of people, young and old, who still enjoy them! Enjoy some of the photos that we took of these lovely works of art!
Pretty little carousel in Grenoble.
Mr. Gren and Baby Rana checking out the carousel at the Hôtel de Ville in Paris.
Large display horse with the Seine and Trocadero in the background.
Top of the carousel at the Eiffel Tower
I love the hot air balloon on this one.
Some funny and beat-up animals on a tiny and well-loved carousel at a park in Paris.
Double decker beauty at Montmartre with Sacré Coeur in the background.
Stunning! On the Montmartre carousel.
Rana still loves carousels. Since we moved to the cabin, we’ve had to pack away all of her pretty carousel figures and pictures. She does still get to use her carousel horse sheets and any time we go to the zoo, the day is not complete without a ride on the carousel!
Have you ever seen something so beautiful that it makes your heart ache? A scene so exquisite that you wish time could stop, but you know it won’t, so you try to absorb everything around you to preserve the memory. We came across a few of those places during our time in France. After last week’s horror show, I thought we could all use some pretty to set us off on daydreams for the weekend. Enjoy. (All photos are mine or my family’s).
Mont Saint-Michel. Looking out to sea at low tide.
Eglise St. Léonard in Fougères.
On the grounds at Chantilly.
A pietà in the Eglise St. Germain l'Auxerrois in Paris.
The American Cemetery above Omaha Beach in Normandy.