Festive Shopping

12/08/2012

 
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Printemps Department Store
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Entrance to Printemps
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Side view of Printemps
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Galeries Lafayette Department Store
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Entrance to Galeries Lafayette
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Atrium at Galeries Lafayette
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Shops at Galerie Royale
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The Shopping Mall at Les Halles

Festive Shopping - Paris Style

     The shops and department stores of Paris are getting into the spirit of the season. The exterior decorations and window displays are exciting and colorful.  The large department stores are a feast for the eyes at night.  They also have fantastic interior decorations.  
     Only the largest department stores can rival the Champs Elysees when it comes to over-the-top Christmas decor.  As you can see from the photos above, the Galeries Lafayette is so fully covered in lights that it looks like stained glass of a cathedral.  It's as elegant a display as any you'll ever see.  The Printemps department store uses colored flood lights and miles of tinsel and Christmas balls, suspended above the sidewalks, to create a visual fête that draws you into the store in true, north pole style.
     The shopping promenades around the city, and the underground mall at Les Halles are each dressed in their own festive finery.  The store windows are decorated.   The entrances to shopping alleys are elegantly draped in garlands and have lighted trees or topiaries marking their entrances and scattered throughout the passages.  Everywhere you go, there are different styles and themes.  It's truly an elegant and happy scene, never over-done, tastefully french.
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Laduree
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Louis Vuitton Windows
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     Being in Paris during the holidays is like a gift in itself.  It's a great time to window shop or sit in a cafe and enjoy the lights from the warmth of a table overlooking the sidewalks.  Many of the restaurants have patios with heaters overhead so that you can comfortably sit outside and feel as if you are in the middle of the action.  I'm always happy when the weather gets cool and I can order a large platter of warm garlic mussles and a nice wine to enjoy with friends at one of our favorite restaurants on the Champs Elysees with a view of the decor outside.

      I know that I've mentioned in previous posts that Paris is a different city at night. It's also safe to say that most large cities are different during the Christmas season. Paris is no exception.  I've often heard it said that Christmas brings out the proverbial child in all of us.  That's true I think, but Parisians seem to do Christmas in the same exacting way that they do food and fashion.  It's often very artistic. quite mature, and exceptionally beautiful.  It's a fashion show that everyone can get excited about, and a feast for the senses and the heart.   Mimi.

 


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