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Winter in Paris

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People run near a snow-covered iced fountain at the Trocadero gardens in Paris. (Jan. 7, 2010) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Forget about springtime in Paris -- the French capital is at its most Parisian in winter, as residents reclaim their glorious city for themselves.

People run near a snow-covered iced fountain at
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People run near a snow-covered iced fountain at the Trocadero gardens in Paris. (Jan. 7, 2010)

People ice skate on the Trocadero gardens near
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People ice skate on the Trocadero gardens near the Eiffel Tower. (Dec. 19, 2010)

The big crowd pleaser for winter 2013 is
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The big crowd pleaser for winter 2013 is the Salvador Dali exhibit at the Pompidou Center, known by Parisians as the Beaubourg. An exhibition devoted to his work gathers more than 200 art pieces and runs until March 13, 2013. (Nov. 19, 2012)

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A woman visits the "Rita Mae West room" designed by Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali during an exhibition devoted to his work at the Pompidou Center that runs through March 13, 2013. (Nov. 19, 2012)

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"Paysage avec jeune fille sautant a la corde (Landscape with a Girl Skipping Rope)," a 1936 work by Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali, is part of an exhibit at the Pompidou Center that runs through March 13, 2013. (Nov. 19, 2012)

People parade in front of Paris Town Hall
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People parade in front of Paris Town Hall with a giant dragon at the start of the annual Chinese New Year festivities in the French capital. (Feb. 14, 2010)

Paris' Notre Dame cathedral sits along the Seine
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Paris' Notre Dame cathedral sits along the Seine River. (Feb. 5, 2012)

Snow falls on the banks of the Seine
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Snow falls on the banks of the Seine River in Paris. (Dec. 8, 2010)

Perfect for inclement weather are Paris' famed passages
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Perfect for inclement weather are Paris' famed passages couverts, early 19th century glass-roofed shopping arcades. Close to 20 still exist, including 1823's Galerie Vivienne, which contains boutiques, bookshops and restaurants. (Dec. 15, 2012)

The Galerie Vivienne passage, from 1823, features a
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The Galerie Vivienne passage, from 1823, features a mosaic floor, fanlight windows and a rotunda ornamented with nymphs and goddesses. (Nov. 23, 2010)

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The "Galerie Vero-Dodat," located between Bouloi and Jean-Jacques Rousseau streets, is among Paris' nearly 20 covered passages. (Dec. 15, 2012)

The Galerie Vero-Dodat, one of Paris' covered passages.
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The Galerie Vero-Dodat, one of Paris' covered passages.

A designer paints the word
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A designer paints the word "soldes" (sales) on a Paris storefront. From Jan. 9 to Feb. 13, the famed soldes are on, with savings up to 70 percent. (Jan. 11, 2011)

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"Eurydice bitten by a snake," a sculpture by French artist Charles-Francois Leboeuf akka Nanteuil, sits in the rotunda of the Galerie Colbert, which leads to Vivienne street. (Dec. 15, 2012)

People ice skate on a rink set near
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People ice skate on a rink set near the Eiffel Tower. (Dec. 15, 2011)

The Eiffel Tower after a snowy day in
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The Eiffel Tower after a snowy day in Paris shut the Paris Charles de Gaulle-Roissy airport and forced the operators of the tower to close the landmark tourist attraction. (Dec. 8, 2010)

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People skate on an ice rink hosted in the glass-roofed central hall of Paris' Grand Palais (Dec. 14, 2012)

People walk past the snow-covered Louvre' museum's pyramid
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People walk past the snow-covered Louvre' museum's pyramid in Paris. (Dec. 8, 2010)

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