FRANCE

Not everyone thinks snow is a hassle

 While furious commuters railed against the heavy snows that slowed road, rail and air traffic to a crawl in northern France on December 8, others indulged in simple winter joys: making a snowman, listening to the muffled crunch of their footsteps in the snow or watching trees ice up.

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Screenshot of a video shot in the snowy streets of Paris’s 20th arrondissement on December 8.

 

While furious commuters railed against the heavy snows that slowed road, rail and air traffic to a crawl in northern France on December 8, others indulged in simple winter joys: making a snowman, listening the muffled crunch of their footsteps in the snow or watching trees ice up.

Snow inspires French web users

 

Video published on metempsyc0se's Vimeo profile .

 

White trees and a snowy castle in Ecouen, 20 km north of Paris.

 

 

Video published on YouTube by Sapho75.

 

Snowy walk in Paris's 20th arrondissment.

Photo published on Twitter by ParisMostWanted.

 

The Eiffel Tower in the snow on December 8.

 

Photo taken and published onYannick Van Boussaert's Facebook profile.

 

Train station in Orgerus-Behoust (Yvelines) just before dawn on December 9.

 

Photo published on Twitter by @Groovyjona.

 

This young photographer and blogger wrote the following caption for his photo : "You could almost think you're in the Alps! The good part? I'm just 20 mins away from Paris".

 

Video posted on Vimeo by Pierre Milcent

 

Aerial footage filmed from a remote-controlled plane above Couilly Pont-Aux-Dames, in the department of Seine-et-Marne.

 

"Snow slows down the city’s frantic pace"

Kendy Ty, 37, is an illustrator and community manager. He filmed himself walking in the deserted, snow-filled streets of Paris’s 7th arrondissement.

 

 

Video shot on December 8 and posted by Kendy Ty on his Vimeo profile.

 

I wanted to capture the spirit of a very special moment. There’s something magic about snow, I think. It brings back childhood memories, it’s sort of mesmerizing to watch it fall. Personally, it matched my mood yesterday: I wanted peace and quiet, I was happy to walk in usually busy streets practically alone.  

 

I read lots of Facebook or Twitter statuses of friends who were enjoying watching the snow falling. Snow slows down the city’s frantic pace, and that’s a good thing once in a while.”