Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Aloha to the Place de la Musique - The Sanfilippo Collection (part 2)

Here's the exterior shot of the Sanfilippo House.   Notice the
railroad tracks ... it leads to the carousal house.

A gorgeous clock greets visitors.

Inside are restored railroad engines ...
.... and the Eden Palais Carousal!
The Carousal House is also home to dance, fairground,
and band organs  from Europe and America.
The detailing is amazing!
The guide noted that European organs featured
scantily clad women while American organs
were decorated with landscapes.

The collection is clearly a labor of love ... 

... of Mr. Sanfilippo's fascination with mechanics.

We climbed aboard the carousel ... 

.... for a ride back into the past!
It was better than Disney!
Another wing houses vintage steam engines ... 
... antique fire truck ...

.... and even a Mercedes!

What is your favorite "ride" on a carousel - horse?  carriage?  tea cups?   One randomly selected commenter from this week's blogs wins a book choice from my convention stash.  This giveaway is open to all readers.  Comments are open though Saturday, April 21, 10 pm in Hawaii.  I'll post the winners on Sunday, April 22.


Kim in Hawaii

Mahalo, Kate, for organizing this tour!

April's month long promotion is CLEAN OUT MY CONVENTION STASH. I will select one US reader, one Canadian reader, and one International reader from all my blogs posts in April at SOS ALOHA, THE READING REVIEWER, and ALOHA ON MY MIND. The US winner can select up to 10 books (to fill up a small flat rate box) from my current convention stash to make room for new books coming from RT 2012. The Canadian and International readers can select one book, too!

CLEAN OUT MY CONVENTION STASH is open through Monday, April 30, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winner on Tuesday, May 1.


  1. Wow, the carousel is so beautiful. I definitely like riding on the horse.

  2. So gorgeous! The details are simply breathtaking! Being a horse lover I always had to ride the horses on the carousel.

  3. I do love carousels. My daughter used to give tours in the local carousel museum. Very interesting. My favorite ride though are the water rides. I love getting splashed and over run by water all while laughing.

  4. The carousel is is the clock too! I like to ride on one of the animals on a carousel. Mainly the horses...or maybe a zebra. :)

  5. Gorgeous is the right word for your pics. I always wanted the horse but it had to be one that went up and down.

  6. I used to love rides on roller coasters, the tea cups and carousels. But then I got older and I just can't take the motion anymore without getting sick. So I would have to say a nice car ride would work for me. lol

  7. Nice pictures. I like the horse.

  8. I have wonderful memories of riding carousels. I've always loved the horses that go up and down.

  9. I will be honest I am not really a carousel person ,but if I had to pick I would say the carriage.

    Thx for the awesome pics share Kim !


  10. OMG that place is stunning I so would love to see it.....
    Love Love Love The Carouses I am a Horse person unless they have a Unicorn then that's MINE.
    Have a good one Ann/alba

  11. Okay, answered my question! I love carousels and ride them whenever possible, even if I can't ride anything else at an amusement park. That is absolutely beautiful! I always ride a horse or another animal if it doesn't have horses. Thank you for these stunning pictures Kim.

  12. These are gorgeous pictures! The carousels are simply breathtaking. I don't remember the last time I was on a carousel, but I think I would like the carriage.

  13. The photos are beautiful!

    I'd want to ride the horse.

  14. Thank you for bringing these pictures to us. I love Carousels. The details of the Carousel is beautiful. I like the horses. Thanks for the pics.
    Carol L.
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  15. You have such beautiful pictures! I love the carousels. My favorite when i was little was riding the horses but after looking at those photos, i love those tea cups! ;) Though that carriage would be cool too!