French Snow Globes Show the Nation's Great Buildings

Snow Globes (also known as "Water Globes") are fantastic at capturing the world's great buildings because at their heart is a miniature, three-dimensional statue. Our new collection features globes with reproductions of the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame in Paris, a Provencal hill town and Marseille's Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica. All of these globes are 45 millimeters (1 3/4 inches) in diameter.

Snow Globe of the Streets of Paris and the Eiffel Tower

Built for the 1889 World's Fair, the Eiffel Tower quickly became, and remains today the greatest symbol of Paris, the City of Lights. This snow globe combines the Tower with a street scene around the base, depicting some of the city's famous shops including a cafe and a boulangerie- a baker, where visitors can buy famous baguettes and other delights.

This Globe Captures the Spirit of the Paris Can-Can Dancers

Bearing two can-can dancers and the Eiffel tower, with this snow globe you can bring home a bit of the spirit of Paris' Belle Époque, the 'golden age' between the end of the Franco-Prussian War in 1871 and World War I in 1914. This was a time when Paris was at the center of world attention and it was a city that celebrated its status. The Can-Can, a chorus line dance involving high-kicking women emerged in this period from the working class neighborhood of Montparnasse. It can still be seen today at the Moulin Rouge and other music halls.

The Hill Towns of Provence Decorate this Snow Globe

Without a doubt, the rural landscapes - and especially the little villages - of Provence are famous throughout the world for their beauty, serenity and picturesque quality. Any collector of French Snow Globes would do well to add a lovely item like this. Within the globe is a representation of a hill town, climbing up the interior; it perhaps represents a famous locale like Moustiers-Sainte-Marie or Coaraze, or one of the less well-known, but still lovely towns. Around the base are lavender plants, which perfume the air of these villages.

Marseille, France's Capital of the South Adorns This Globe

Located on the warm coast of the French Riviera, Marseille has long been one of the most popular tourist destinations in the France. The nation's largest Mediterranean port, it is blessed not only with fine weather, but from a rich cultural mix - visitors can enjoy the flavors of Italy, Greece, Algeria and Corsica. This snow globe features the city's most remarkable building: the spectacular Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica, located on a rocky outcropping high above the city's port. The basilica's name "Our Lady of the Guard," has resonance with the Catholic population of the city, which sees it as the city's spiritual guardian.