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January 6, 2013


Paris sur Glace

by soundlandscapes

LA PATINOIRE DE L’HÔTEL DE VILLE is the outdoor skating rink that appears every year around Christmas outside the Paris City Hall.  This year, it opened on 18th December and it will remain open until 3rd March.


Known as Paris sur Glace or, Paris on Ice, there are in fact two skating rinks, a large one for more experienced skaters and a smaller one for children and novices.


Entry is free although there is a €5 charge to rent a pair of skates if you don’t have your own.


This patinoire is very popular and when I went (to watch not to skate!) they were queuing round the block to get in.

Sounds of Le Patinoire de l’Hôtel de Ville de Paris:


If you’re in Paris and want to take to the ice in front of the very impressive Hôtel de Ville with the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris in the background, La Patinoire de l’Hôtel de Ville de Paris is open until 3rd March 2013 from 12h00 to 22h00 Monday to Friday and from 
9h00 to 22h00 
on Saturday and Sunday.


2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jan 19 2013

    Such a great city to encourage these communal activities. Apart from the banal background music I imagine the surrounding buildings have been privy to these sounds for many winters in the past, a nice conduit between the past and present.

    • Jan 19 2013

      You’ve got to hand it to the city of Paris, they really do make an effort to put on free events like this. The Paris Plage, the artificial beach they build each August along the banks of the Seine, close to this spot, is another example. Though why they accompany everything with mind-numbing music is beyond me. You’re right though, the sounds of skaters having fun on the ice have probably not changed much over the years.


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