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Paris' Grand Palais Hosts an Ice Rink

Posted: Dec. 26th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse

Visitors to Paris' Grand Palais are in for an impressive view of the historic landmark as they drift leisurely by at the site's seasonal rink which is now open to the public. Clocking in at over 20,000 square feet, skaters will have all of the day and most of the late evening to enjoy the rink, albeit at a hefty fee.

Parisians and tourists can now glide and sway — or stumble— at an ice rink under the vaulted glass dome of the landmark Grand Palais.

The seasonal rink, billed as France's largest of its kind, opened on Thursday for the silver-blade set at the sumptuous exhibition hall just off the famed Champs-Elysees Avenue, a tourist magnet at all times of year.

For Hayley Weston, a visiting 26-year-old from Britain, skating on the 1,800-square-meter (20,000-square-foot) rink under the vaulted glass dome of the Grand Palais was a memorable experience.

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