Carousels originally come from Italy.
The first carousel appeared in France in the second half of the 19th century and quickly became very popular with the Parisians.
1900’s is considered as the Golden Age of the carousel, and modern merry-go-rounds look very similar to the original ones.
The carousels are still part of the Parisians’ daily life as nearly twenty merry-go-rounds are found throughout the capital. The concessions are granted by the City of Paris to private owners.
One of my favourite is the carousel that stays permanently on the tiny Square Willette below the Sacré-Coeur Basilica.
The ceilings of the Italian-built carousel represent the Canals of Venice but the theme chosen for its wooden horses (which are actually plastic) is the American Wild West with diligence and Indians…