Monday, June 21, 2010

this charming girl...episode 15

paris ~ la ville de l'amour ♥

15. ~ the eiffel tower

the iconic symbol of the city of love.
the breath-taking views from this beautiful & intricate lattice of ironwork, somehow perfectly encapsulate the dizzying, light-headed joy of a new romance...
my very own tiny 'tour eiffel' holds so many dear memories of a family trip to the historic & very fabulous French capital city.

memories of Parisian 'se sentir bien' neighbourhoods which inspired this beautifully romantic & luxurious handmade soap ...

rose water, sparkling blush champagne and pink grapefruit luxe soap adorned with a tiny rosebud & glistening Himalayan pink salts

...and Etsy rose-tinted treasury, Paris ~ la ville d'amour

so, throw on a soft cashmere scarf, pop on some cute kitten heels & grab your rose tinted sunglasses ~ here's a mini trip of the Parisian style & must-sees that inspired the treasury & the soap...

a perfect marriage of the 12th century Louvre Palace & modern glass pyramid house, an astounding collection of art & archeological finds including ~

an ancient Greek sculpture believed to depict Aphrodite, the goddess of love & beauty. 

arguably, the most famous painting in the world, Renaissance turned Hollywood star thanks to Dan Brown's classic novel / movie - along with that enigmatic smile...

this imposing monument to honour those that fought for France and resting place of the unknown soldier, is at the west end of the wonderful  Champs-Élysées, and at the centre of the infamous Place Charles de Gaulle ~ the meeting place of 12 avenues & a traffic junction best not approached by the faint-hearted! the fast & furiously fearless french drivers produce a cacophony of honking car horns! ooh la, la!

Notre Dame cathedral

thankfully, this beautiful example of French Gothic architecture and Roman Catholic place of worship was fully restored after it's desecration during the French Revolution in the 1790s.

there is a small sculpture on the cathedrals' exterior, of a fictional former lodger,  physically deformed but kind-hearted bell-ringer Quasimodo from Victor Hugo's Hunchback of Notre Dame.

bold & brightly coloured hi-tech architecture housing Europe's largest modern art museum.

the world's most visited cemetry ~ serenely beautiful resting place of Edith Piaf, Oscar Wilde, Chopin, Bizet, Moliere & Jim Morrison (the Doors) amongst many other esteemed painters, poets, writers, actors & statesman.

 the mesmerizing, white church at the summit of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city ~ offers spectacular views from it's hauntingly romantic domes.

the infamous cabaret, spiritual home of the 'can-can' in the bustling heart of the red-light district.

notable past performers include Josephine Baker, Liza Minelli, Elton John & Frank Sinatra to name but a few!

wondering the best way to travel around all these wonderful locations?

1906 Steel Engraved Map Of Paris ~ picture courtesy of Veronica at Surrender Dorothy.
check out her amazing Etsy shop ~ full of seriously cool vintage & supplies.

the paris metro of course,

with it's fabulous stations,  
full of their signature art nouveau architecture,

and weird & wonderful surprises!

but if you feel it's all just too much, and the city's a blur...

relax & unwind à la française, by joining the café culture at one of the quintessential pavement cafés - the best seat in the house when it comes to watching all Parisian life go by - from the effortlessly stylish to the mal logés, from the frantic & expressive to the frowning intellectuals, lost in deep thought, philosophy & a сafetière à piston.

La Vie En Rose © Marisa Allegra Williams
see more of Marisa's outstanding work at her Etsy shop, risamay ~ a wonderful treasure trove of travel photography.

of course, you cannot leave Paris until you experience  the eiffel tower at night ~ a beacon of glistening gold, bringing a warm glow to lovers & loved ones everywhere.

pour inhaler Paris conserve l'âme
to inhale Paris preserves the soul 

rien ne se peut comparer à Paris 
nothing can compare to Paris 


  1. Oo0ooooh... one day I'll visit!
    What a gorgeous tribute to Paris.

    Veronica/ SurrenderDorothy

  2. Merci beaucoup for featuring my work: "La Vie En Rose"! Nice post on Paris.

  3. Gorgeous, I've never been there but my daughter visited as a teenager. She took her saxophone with her so she could play music in the streets of Paris. I would love to visit someday and thanks for giving me a small taste.