Nostalgic of Paris? Aspiring to go (back) to the City of Light? ANNE TOURAINE Paris™ has created a scarf especially dedicated to Paris lovers from all over the world! This silk twill scarf - poetically named "Paris je T'aime" - is all about the City of Romance. Join us for a (silky) tour of your favorite city and learn more about its greatest monuments. There is no nicest month than May to stroll Paris streets...
~ THE ARC DE TRIOMPHE
At the center of the "Place de l'Etoile" and at the top of the Champs Elysées stands the monumental Arc de Triomphe. Built between 1806 and 1836, it celebrates those who fought for France. It also hosts the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Today, 12 avenues radiate from the Arc de Triomphe. It is the natural central piece of the "Paris Je T'aime" scarf.
~ THE PLACE DE LA CONCORDE
Down the Champs Elysées is the largest and most famous square of the French capital: the Place de la Concorde. Let's walk around it and admire both the 75 ft high obelisk (offered to France by the Egyptian Sultan in 1829) and the two exquisite neoclassical fountains designed by Jacques Ignace Hittorff. One symbolizes the seas. The other is devoted to the Rhone and the Rhine Rivers. With its allegorical tritons and naiads, these two fountains symbolize all the fountains in Paris!
~ THE EIFFEL TOWER
Turn around and look across the Seine River. Here is our next stop: the 125 year old iconic Eiffel Tower - named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel - is expecting our visit... We won't be the only ones. Every year, about 7 million tourists pay homage to the Iron Lady! At the time it was completed (1889) it was the highest building in the world. It may not be the highest today but one needs energy to climb its 1,710 steps to reach the top of it... Who would imagine the Eiffel Tower was meant to stand for 20 years only???
~ THE METRO
Time to ride a bateau mouche (Seine cruise ship) or to hop in the French metro...
~ NOTRE DAME DE PARIS
Another old - very old - Lady is waiting for us on the Ile de la Cité, the cradle of ancient Paris. Hard to believe it: Notre Dame de Paris ("Our Lady of Paris) - one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture - is over 800 years old. Its splendor makes it a key monument of Paris. If you are brave, climb the steep stair of the South tower. From above one has an amazing view over the Latin Quarter: St Germain des Prés.
~ THE PONT NEUF BRIDGE
Once done with our visit of Notre Dame, let's walk along the Seine River and enjoy the Parisian bouquinistes (book stalls). Within a stone's throw of Notre Dame is the oldest and most exquisite bridge of Paris. Quite ironically, it is called the "Pont Neuf" (New Bridge). At the time it was built (1607), it was indeed the newest bridge across the Seine River. It's has always been a hot and inspirational spot. In 1848 (!) Mr Daguerre (one of the fathers of photography) made the very first picture of it. A century later, Christo fully wrapped the Pont Neuf and transformed it into an ephemeral and controversial piece of art.
It's almost sunset and it's now the best time to head to Montmartre, a place cherished both by artists, intellectuals and lovers as well. Perched on top of a hill, Montmartre's picturesque appearance has been well preserved. Its most popular landmark is the neo-Baroque Basilica of the Sacred Heart (Basilique du Sacré Coeur) built of stones which remain white no matter what.
~ THE OPERA
Our tour of Paris wouldn't be complete without a visit of the Palais Garnier (Opera House): lavish statuary inspired by the Greek mythology, marble friezes and columns, bronze figures, mosaics: its opulence is emblematic of the Second Empire's exuberance. Let's climb the Grand Staircase and dream for one night of gowns and ballets...
These ANNE TOURAINE Paris scarves come in 4 pastel colors (topaze yellow, sky blue, spring green, misty rose) which will please those who love both fine French silk scarves and Paris. Wearing one of them means much more than just wearing a scarf. It is touring in the City of Romance and Lights. It is celebrating with sophistication its precious treasures. Paris lovers, these scarves are a must have!