Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Ski time


How cute is this little skiers scene? I found these miniature antiques in Valence, the shop in the Passage Verdeau that I already showed here. I thought it was pretty appropriate for the season although there is no snow in Paris at the moment (nor in Boston where I am currently).

25 comments:

  1. Very nice old-fasioned skiers!
    But 500 euros?!

    Hope you're having a nice time in Boston.

    Greetings from Chile

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  2. Eric--I know your antique skiers are of a later era, but the photo reminds me of the charming feeling I get whenever I read about Hemingway & his first wife taking off from Paris to go skiing whenever they could & would.
    If tonite I climbed atop our ski mountain,here in our backyard in NY state (snowless tho it may be at the moment), I'd wave to you in downtown Boston!

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  3. Hi Suzanne,
    I feel the same way about those photos of Hemingway and friends.
    Eric, I'm waving! I have to go to Boston tomorrow night, this is frustrating! You could have bought me dinner :)

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  4. They're fantastic. Though I agree, 500 euros is a bit steep, especially when you consider the current exchange rate (weep).

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  5. Eric, these are wonderful! My mother still has a whole collection of very similar appearing figurines (about 50 of them) that her parents got in Quebec back in the 20's or maybe 30's (I'm unsure but know she played with them as a child and she was born in 1929). The ones she has are about 1 inch or 1.5 inches high, made of china or porcelain, arms and legs move, and they have hand-knitted clothes. She sets up a whole Christmas "garden" every year on a huge platform with the tree in the middle on a revolving music box/tree stand that is hidden by the platform which is covered by corn starch for snow. She ties the ice skaters to the pole of the tree with thin wire and they revolve around a mirror like skating on a pond. Then there are all the little houses with lights inside, the train going around everything, and mountain scenes that my grandfather painted as a background. As you can imagine, it is very charminng. I know she would appreciate more information about these - all we have is the family story but we have no idea who made them. Plus she would faint outright if she knew how much they are worth...LOL.

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  6. Your little Paris skiers are indeed most cute.
    But we would LOVE to see a Photo (naturally with a Parisian Influence) taken in Boston s.v.p.
    Have a wonderful trip monsieur.

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  7. Skiers in Paris?...that's not what I remember from Paris! Maybe in Boston...still, that's quite a metropolis and I don't remember any skiing mountains there! Anyway, have fun in the USA and I am back! for ATL Daily Photo!

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    wishes of happy new year from Madrid...
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  9. The Hemingway image is great, folks. "Moveable Feast". I recall that his wife was bringing to him his manuscripts from a year of work and a thief stole the suitcase at a train station. A sad, emotional chapter.

    Only a very little snow in Minneapolis. It's El Nino, folks, and I'm loving it.

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  10. Yes, very fitting even if there's no snow.

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  11. Eric,

    What are you doing in Boston? Trans-atlantic tryst? LOL....

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  12. Mandie,
    Don't forget Montmartre ;-)
    Many Parisians are fond of skiing, and some go more than 500km away from Paris just to ski for a weekend (leaving on friday evening, and coming back directly to work on monday morning)

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  13. Wait a minute... the sign says "skiers dressed 'au naturel' on a metalic frame" That's funny because "au naturel" means something completely different in the US - well, in California, at least! ;)

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  14. Do you remember Eric's post called "more tents" (22nd December)?

    Because of what the associations did to attract attention on the homeless situation, the french governement has just voted in emergency new laws to help homeless people.

    Whatever we thought about the action of those associations, it hasn't been totally useless.

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  15. it seems to be the time of skiing in france...i have a few friends who have mentioned that that's what they're doing now...

    ERIC, I am in southern Maine right now! Only an hour from where you are in Boston! so close.... :-)

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  16. Just wanted to add a small comment to Haxo's one on the measures by French government. We have to bear in mind that the government is also preparing for the next Election in May 07 and considers homeless as voters... I just hope they don't forget that they are above all ... human beings....

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  18. It's so nice to see interest in Hemingway - click on my photo for a Hemingway link.
    It's not PDP quality by any means. I just don't have that talent that eric does.
    Happy New Year everyone.
    Paul

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  19. Loved the photo and according to my daughter, in Billerica....it's a very mild Christmas season in the Boston area.

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  20. Bonjour Eric!

    You're on our side of the pond - not so far from Montréal. No snow here before Christmas - a wee bit since then but no winter by our standards.

    However, I have had to refrain from cycling. I cycled on Christmas Day! I love those little skiiers. 500 euros is stiff - perhaps someone will knit replicas.

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  21. I wonder if they have a water skiing version for us folks here in Florida!

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  22. Sorry, that comment above shouldn't have been anonymous.

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