Yes, even sledding boasts a royal provenance. In the 16th century some of the first ice slides were built for regal amusement, with steep wooden ramps covered with ice, which made for a great, slick—fast—sled run. Catherine the Great was a big fan. She had an ice slide like the one seen here installed at her palace in St. Petersburg for wintertime amusement. But she also had a hilly wooden track built for warmer weather in the gardens of Oranienbaum, her summer palace around 1784. Stepping off a 108-foot high platform, thrill-seekers climbed into a cart to rocket along the track, which was over 1/3 mile long. Called the “Russian Hills,” it was the first roller coaster, and sparked a craze that saw nobles across Europe taking the ride of their lives.
Let It Snow
Posted by jessica on December 7, 2010
Encyclopedia of the ExquisiteEncyclopedia of the Exquisite, by author Jessica Kerwin Jenkins, is a lifestyle guide for the Francophile and the Anglomaniac, the gourmet and the style maven, the armchair traveler and the art-lover. It’s an homage to the esoteric world of glamour that doesn’t require much spending, but makes us feel rich. This blog continues the search for beauty started in the book...
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