I love the Plastique* Skyline necklaces because of the simultaneous nostalgia and wanderlust each necklace has for me. Of the 4 designs that are in the shop, I have personally visited 3 (Paris, London and Sydney) while Shanghai still remains unexplored.
It’s pretty cool how each city is defined by its iconic buildings and how some have become so iconic of that city, you just can’t imagine them without it. Here in Singapore, I think that the sailboat inspired (or ancestral tablet looking, depending on your POV) Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore Flyer have done quite a lot to redefine our Singapore skyline.
So for a fun exercise and a chance to reminisce, I thought I would see how many buildings and monuments I could identify off the skyline necklaces!
*disclaimer: I’ve checked with creator Jen from Plastique*, who says she didn’t pick out specific buildings or landmarks for most of the skyline, especially for the smaller buildings, so what I’m guessing here might not entirely accurate! Feel free to give your 2 cents worth on what building you think it actually is.
We’ll start off with Paris…
1. Eiffel Tower – if there’s one building you can’t NOT know about Paris or France, it’s the Eiffel Tower. Built for the World Fair in 1889 and considered a bit of a monstrosity then, it has since become one of the world’s most iconic buildings… ever!
I visited the Eiffel Tower several times over the years, and even climbed up to the level when I was younger. I loved the light shows they installed in more recent years, and how you can see the building from just about anywhere in Paris!
2. Arc De Triomphe – Another one of the more popular monuments to visit is this Arc De Triomphe, perhaps considered the centre of traffic in Paris as most of the major avenues radiate out from this centre.
Meanwhile, you can also see the 3-arched Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel in the skyline too. It’s the smaller cousin of the Arc De Triomphe.
3. Sacre Coeur – The Basilica of the Sacred Heart is such a beautiful building against the Parisian sky… It’s a bit of a climb to get up there but the view is spectacular!
4. Dome Des Invalides – The gold plated chapel dome of the Les Invalides is pretty hard to miss. Built by King Louis XIV, it’s 107m high and took 27 years to complete!
I’m still torn if it’s that or the Paris Pantheon (yes, not just in Greece) dome instead?
5. Louvre – Well you definitely can’t mistake this iconic pyramid. Conceptualized by I. M. Pei (same guy who designed the eyecatching Gateway towers in Singapore), the moderns lines and glass of the pyramid stand out against the classic architecture of the surrounding original Louvre buildings.
I didn’t get a chance to see Place de Vendome and Bastille Square this last trip… but I’m pretty sure some of those poky points are these monuments…