Evening in Paris – sounds like a journey, doesn’t it? A few years ago my husband and I packed our bags and joined up with travelers going with Rick Steve’s “Seeing Europe Through The Back Door.” This time it was a tour to France. Then, before ending the tour and retuning home, we arranged for, not one, but two evenings in Paris.
There were many wonderful museums to explore. We went to the Louvre and stood looking over the heads of many people to catch a glimpse of the famous painting of Mona Lisa, by Italian artist, Leonardo da Vinci. We were struck by its small size and how it had gained world-wide notoriety. While mixing with the people of Paris, we enjoyed walking over the bridges of the city while taking in awesome views of the Seine river. We explored, too, the paths leading under the bridges, remembering the song, “Under The Bridges of Paris.” The song was right about it being a place for both, vagabonds and lovers, a rather popular hangout. even today.
During a bus trip on the city streets of Paris we were filled with awe for the grandeur and antiquity of the city. Then on foot we made our way down many city blocks until we came upon what seemed like a strangely open space on which set the Eiffel Tower. Imagine people being opposed to the construction of this landmark. They were, when it was constructed there in 1889. Since then, It has become a global icon.
Wait a moment, hold everything! When I started writing this blog, the “Evening In Paris” I
had in mind was not the famous European city, but the perfume by this name. I remember my mother receiving the small, cobalt blue vial of this perfume every Christmas. When I was yet in my early teens, my first present from my first and only boyfriend and husband to-be, was a set of “Evening In Paris” toiletries. It was a heady perfume and it made its debut in 1926 and was an instant hit. It was the favorite perfume during World War II. In the 1950’s, it was called “the fragrance more women wear than any other in the world,” yet, in 1969 it disappeared. In 1992 Chanel reformulated it and it is sold today under the name, Soir de Paris, “The Most Popular Fragrance in the World.” A few years ago, I found a bottle of this tucked under the Christmas tree, and I believe the scent is the same as I remember it, but to me, to be authentic, it needs the name “Evening In Paris.” (in English.) After checking further I found that it is now available under the name. “Evening In Paris” at the Vermont Country Store. Rumors have it that I may find it, this year, under the Christmas tree at our house..
My favorite scent today is “Red,” but even it is becoming out-of-vogue and difficult to find. Today women and men like the idea of being distinguished by a scent they splash on their faces in the morning. Centuries and centuries ago, the apostle Paul became very excited about a fragrance as he wrote, ” For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.” Today, this life giving fragrance is experienced when the gift of life, the gospel, is shared. It is recognized the world-over as the aroma that is needed to attract the perishing to Christ. The soft fragrance of “Evening In Paris” may have helped along many a young romance, but the aroma of Christ can bring a relationship with the true God, one that will last for eternity.