Known as the “City of Love” or the “City of Light” it is no secret that the streets of Paris overflow with culture, art, history and charm as well as being the capital of the fashion world! It is no surprise then that as a contemporary fashion brand ourselves, Paris felt like the obvious choice for our next Kane on Tour (K.O.T) feature. You may remember that over the summer months we brought you a K.O.T from our trip to the South-West of France and there is something about the country that we had to explore more. Fascinatingly, it is believed that Paris only has one stop sign in the entire city! It is this fast-paced, ever changing dynamic of the city that invigorated our curiosity and inspired us in our quest to follow the Kaizen path.
So, equipped with our newest limited edition watch, The Gold Club, the bold Blackout Black Mesh and the vibrant Blue Arctic Classic Black as well as our cameras and film gear, we whizzed towards Paris. We went in search of inspiration for our Fall/Winter activities and to curate fresh and exciting content to share to you over the remaining months of 2017. As soon as we pulled into the grand Garde du Nord train station, which we strategically chose so that we could throw ourselves straight into the hustle and bustle of downtown Paris, the atmosphere we came in pursuit of hit us right away.
First stop? The busy roundabout of the Place de la Concorde situated alongside the well-maintained Jardin des Tuileries. The latter acted as our first location for the short videos we intended to create, which will be published and visible on all our social media channels soon! Yes, Paris is largely known for its frantic urban landscape, but it's many parks and green spaces equally showcase the serenity of local Parisians, which is something we wanted to uncover and share. We then emerged at the iconic Louvre that consists of the Museum, Palace and other photogenic monuments. The Blue Arctic shone brightly alongside the glass Pyramide du Louvre while the Blackout Black Mesh, did what it does best and stood out among the crowded squares of the Louvre complex. We wanted to share a bit of Parisian design with you and so while in the area, we made a quick visit to Colette, the concept boutique known for unexpected collaborations and also as one of the trendiest stores in the world. We linked up with the guys at Colette, as they will sadly shut up shop in December, to give you a chance to win a few selected items as well as our Black Code Silver Mesh in our “Paris Pack” Giveaway. The Giveaway is taking place now on our Instagram and Facebook pages and a winner will be selected on Monday 2nd October! After our visit, we swayed across Pont Neuf Bridge to get to the southern side of the Seine River where we enjoyed a traditional French Brasserie lunch as we reflected on our morning undertakings.
We saved the best for last and so after lunch we made our way to the Eiffel Tower and up to Place du Trocadero. It is here, at the Place du Trocadero where the best views of the famous Eiffel Tower can be enjoyed and we spent a good amount of time soaking up incredible sights, scents of nearby crepe stands and the chatter of excited tourists. It was at this moment (probably because our bellies were fully satisfied after our tasty French lunch) that we truly experienced something special about the city. It reminded us of a quote we had come across before our trip to Paris;
“You know, I sometimes think, how is anyone ever gonna come up with a book, or a painting, or a symphony, or a sculpture that can compete with a great city. You can’t. Because you look around and every street, every boulevard, is its own special art form and when you think that in the cold, violent, meaningless universe that Paris exists, these lights. I mean come on, there’s nothing happening on Jupiter or Neptune, but from way out in space you can see these lights, the cafés, people drinking and singing. For all we know, Paris is the hottest spot in the universe.” – Owen Wilson
Great cities do not deserve their reputation because of a few iconic sights but rather because of the beauty they express through the many streets that connect the city as a whole. As we wandered around the 8th district to the Champs-Elysees we basked in typical French sensations and stopped a little while for an essential break; coffee and croissants at the edge of a charming intersection. As we sat looking at marble balconies above us we glanced down at our KANE’s and were shocked to see it was 6pm! We had a train to catch and still so many places to see but with time on our minds we opted for a little help from our friends at Uber. The only problem about Paris, if we had to choose one negative, is its vast size and therefore a day trip to the city is never easy with such an array of fantastic places. However, with the precision of our watches, we scampered to the district of Montmartre where we managed a quick look at the Moulin Rouge and the Sacre-Coer. It had been a whirlwind of a day in Paris and after scaling the many steps that lead up to the Sacre-Coer, it was almost as if the city was thanking us for our visit. The views from this domed white church outshone the others we had seen earlier and with the slight rain coming to a halt as we reached the pinnacle of the vantage point; we stood there appreciating the stunning scene below us. It had been a special day in a special city and as our train slowly pulled out of the urban jungle we were grateful for another inspiring KANE On Tour experience.
In line with our Kaizen state of mind, Paris had shown us to continuously push boundaries and reveal our individualism. The content that we produced there will be shared to all of you over the next few days and we hope that it equally inspires you to not only visit Paris, but to be daring and creative in your own personal lives. For a closer look at the watches we took with us to Paris, you can see our Blue Arctic, Blackout and Gold Club models by visiting our “watches” and “limited editions” page respectively. Finally, don’t forget to take part in our Giveaway via the links below; one winner will be selected on Monday 2nd October!
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