Philippe Ledoux, a legend among the Hermes artists, has created some of the most beautiful and highly collected vintage Hermes carres; among them Promenades de Paris.
As an illustrator, he brought not only an impeccable attention to detail, but also an incredible gift to transform ordinary scenes and objects into something extraordinary.
His tribute to Paris and I might add, love for the City of Lights, is evident in his scarves such as the Le Pont Neuf à Paris Hermès carré, which I wrote about couple of weeks ago and Promenade de Longchamps to name but two.
In his Promenades de Paris, Ledoux takes us along on a stroll down four of the most famous promenades in Paris, the Tuileries, the Les Invalides, the Le Palais Royal and of course the Champs-Elysees.
Even today, Les Tuileries, is a favorite spot not just among tourists, but Parisians as well.
On my visits to Paris, I make sure I come here, whether it is to just relax and take in the beauty or to people watch, I know, I will not be disappointed.
On the other bank of the Seine, Ledoux takes us to the Les Invalides, a huge complex, originally built as a retirement home and hospital for veterans. Today it is made up of monuments and museums dedicated to France’s military history. Part of the complex is a church, its copula seen in the background, the burial site of Napoleon Bonaparte.
The Palais Royal is right across the Louvre and opens with a grand entrance onto rue Saint-Honoré. The Hermes flagship store on 24 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré is an easy fifteen minute walk away.
After you have admired Leila Menchari’s famous windows and with both hands full of orange shopping bags, you stride down Rue Boissy d’Anglas until you run straight into Champs-Elysees, perhaps the most famous promenade of them all.
As always, merci Monsieur Ledoux for a fantastic stroll through your City, the City of Lights (and Hermes carres)
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