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January 7 - February 17
The annual Winter Sales, aka Les Soldes, take place beginning midnight in shops throughout France, particularly on clothing.

Through February 15
Skate on the Eiffel Tower! There is an ice skating rink on the first level of the Eiffel Tower, free for those who already have a ticket for the Tower, open daily 10:30am-10:30pm. Skip the line by taking the stairs, it will help you warm up, too! Skates size 25-47 (EU), gloves are required. 

Through February 15
At the Place de la Concorde is the Grande Roue Ferris Wheel. Each enclosed "car" holds six people. €10 for adult, €5 for kids under 10, open daily 11am-midnight (Fri-Sat until 1am).  

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Monday
Feb132012

New Metro Cars

Little by little, the rickety old metro cars are being replaced by sleek new ones with big windows, striped seats and bright red walls at the front and back. Also, more important in the summer, they have air-conditioning! These photos are from line 5, but I've also seen them on Line 1, 2, 3, 4, and 14.

 

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Reader Comments (5)

Wow! Pretty snazzy. Some of those old ones had quite a bit of age on them. I've heard that some lines now have automated trains (no drivers). Have you heard about that?
February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichael
Line 14 never had a driver (opened in 1999), and now Line 1 will have no driver. Eventually they'll all be like that. No more drivers, no more driver strikes! :-)
February 23, 2012 | Registered CommenterHeather Stimmler-Hall
No more driver strikes in the Metro? And some people say there is no God!
February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichael
I love the new cars - i'm on the line 2 and was really appreciating the air-conditioning on some of the last summer on hot days. I have a theory that when everyone's commute is just a little better (i.e. not sweating like crazy and grumpy from the heat) everyone starts the day with just a little better attitude - so i like to think it has a good attitude ripple effect that goes beyond just the metro ride.
March 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterforest
Hallelujah to the air conditioning. I also like how many of the new trains (on line 1 for example) are just one continuous space w/ no divisions. Gives the train a more open & comfortable feel.
March 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterA French Frye in Paris

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