Carousel Ride

The subject of our picture game this time is a small but beautifully maintained children’s fairground ride in Zurich, Switzerland. Every part of this attraction looks to be in good condition: from the Swiss flag above the smart blue and white canopy, through the traditional coats of arms and alternate scenic views painted on the rim, to the horses and carriages of the ride itself, everything looks cared-for. A bit like Switzerland itself. The term ‘carousel‘ for such a ride has come back to Europe from America, to replace the more prosiac ‘roundabout‘ or the old fashiond ‘merry-go-round‘. Originally from the French word ‘carrousel‘ meaning a tournament of knights on horseback, and later meaning a dance, the romantic associations of the word have only been increased by Rodgers and Hammerstein using Carousel as the title of one of their successful musicals in 1945. The show was made into a film in 1956, which helped spread the word more widely back into Europe, for even as a French word for a roundabout, usually with horses, the name dates back to the 17th century.
(I say horses, but according to the dictionary the choice of mounts can include other animals like pigs, zebras, tigers or fantasy creatures like dragons and unicorns. I have never seen any of those, but from what I know of the Swiss sense of humour, riding a pig on a children’s roundabout would have a definite appeal!) Enjoy spotting the difference in the images.