City of Love, Fashion Capital, City of Lights, Literary Paradise….Paris has many such different faces. This weekend the husband and I decided to experience this city’s genius up, close and personal. As soon as we stepped in; it seemed the city had completely taken us with its charm. I am yet to see a city with such a strong personality , a city which envelops you completely in its grandeur and audaciously challenges you to ALWAYS remember its mighty beauty. Starting from today (till next week), I will bring you various sights and places that took me completely by surprise with its jaw-dropping allurement.
From the Eiffel Tower to Palace De Versailles to its many Cathedrals; the aesthete in you will not just be satiated but exhilarated in this city. Our first stop was the Arc de Triomphe (Triumphal Arc; pictured above). The Arc honours all those who fought and died for France in the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. Its inner and outer surface names all the French victors and generals who participated in the Revolution.
As you can see the sight is characterised by its intricate carving and sculpting work. The monument stands 50 metres (164 ft) in height, 45 m (148 ft) wide and 22 m (72 ft) deep. The monument was designed by Jean Chalgrin in 1806, and it features four icons on each side. Each sculpture shows nude French youths against bearded Germanic warriors in chain mail. The Arc set the tone for public monuments in Paris.
Just one visit to the Arc is enough to understand why Paris is one of the artistic capitals of Europe and why it has been home to many artists and art movements. As for me I was glad that this was just the beginning.