To start the engine :
- a jogging in the streets of Paris with energetic dance music blasting like crazy in my ears ( it gives you such a frentic pace)
- starting point TROCADERO with the Eiffel Tower in a saddish greyish mood ( don't be influenced, keep on running ) :
I won't complain; there are Himalayas and Everests of snow in the US.
Running down to the bottom tip of the gardens then
back again running up the hill on the other side . The water is so tempting !
Then Avenue Georges Mandel and all it's Haussman noble buildings and "hôtels particuliers".
Then to the JARDINS DU RANELAGH where a few palaces overlook the daffodils
From there, between the Boulevard Lannes and rue de la Faisanderie lies a beautiful and exotic silent garden in place of the old railway tracks : a hidden jewel. You're all alone there with a full garden for yourself.
Who's shelter is this ? For a lost racoon ?
Then AVENUE FOCH which is all up hill and a good for your thighs, no bullshitting there; you run faster then the cars stuck in incoming traffic at this early hour of the day.
Not an exhausted me ! This is NOT appropriate today !
Down the CHAMPS -ELYSEES
then turn between the PETIT PALAIS and the GRAND PALAIS
and back to TROCADERO by the Seine river banks.
A full hour of beautiful Paris !
After about a dozen hours in a steamy bath , back to the road again.
And today the "PORTRAIT DE RUE" is Rue and Faubourg SAINT HONORE with its smart shops are lined up along this long busy street like the good soldiers of a perfect alphabet.
A - like APOSTROPHE and ALBERTA FERRETTI's light as a feather mousseline dresses.
Alberta Ferretti New Spring Collection 2011
B- starts with the BRISTOL HOTEL and it's diplomat clientele, BARBARA BUI, BOTTEGA VENETA,
BURMA and its fake elegant jewellery,
BOUCHERON and its real luxurious fruity jewellery ( they are not one next to the other so there's no possibility to be mistaken if your Dear takes you to Burma instead of Boucheron !) and BROOKS BROTHERS for a spick and span white shirt.
C - stands for CARON and its delicate boudoir swan powder buffs
CHOPARD and CARTIER for a little more jewellery as by this time you still don't have all fingers covered; but we'll get there !
Cartier New 2011 Collection
COLETTE with the music full blast, the scented candles full sniff, CHANEL with the girls all red haired this week, CAMPER for the ones who still don't know JIMMY CHOO .
Colette's training shoes module
D - for DOLCE & GABBANA who could not be elsewhere for sure.
Dolce and Gabbana
E - ETRO with it's subtle Italian mix of colour and textures.
F- as Italian and silky as SALVATORE FERRAGAMO scarves and FRETTE satin sheets.
G- hangs at every lady's arm under the GOYARD monogram , but is also a strong and omnipresent oxymoron for GUCCI , another of those Italian seductors and GIANFRANCO FERRE is not far away either. Thank God that
H- for HERMES is well there with its fabulous windows and extraordinary quality.
Hermes February windows by Leila Menchari.
Still some more HERMES for the pleasure of the eyes.
TOMMY HILLFIGER has caught sight of the right place to be, next to Brooks Brothers, hand in hand. And PIERRE HARDY is pacing the street with its square toe flats worn by Inès de la Fressange.
I - ILIAS LALAOUNIS is totally solar gold across the COSTES HOTEL.
J- JO MALONE embalms the Faubourg Saint Ho with its blend of basil, lime and mandarin toiletries, while JOSEPH has the best of coats and while JITROIS swallowseach body in the finest of leathers.
K - will always be PAULE KA and Audrey Hepburn feminity.
L- is as fruity as the LADUREE macarons, as quenching as a LANCOME face cream, as high heeled as LOUBOUTIN and as nude as LA PERLA with a dashing dart of LANVIN.
M- is fighting the breeze and the snowy summits of the world with a MONCLER jacket, and as fluent in Italian as MISSONI and as copper colored as MIU MIU.
Miu Miu resort 2011 collection
N - is lost in a nowhere land.
O- is as serious as an OMEGA watch.
P - is as gold as POIRAY and as colourful as POMELLATO with a "rock" zest of PODIUM.
R- is very RYKIEL while
S- is fun and cool as PAUL SMITH and its copper coins wall on the top floor, its thin coloured striped scarves and its eclectic library.
T - walks in TOD's and travels with TUMI.
U- is you.
V - walks the runways in ROGER VIVIER and VALENTINO red dresses.
W - is not too far and opened all year round Sundays included and reads like a new fiction novel or a stack of foreign magazines at WHSMITH.
Y - is a legend : YVES SAINT LAURENT for ever !
Yves Saint Laurent
Z - is in every girl's dressing room with its ZARA label or with its ZADIG et VOLTAIRE tag.