|Paris? Shopping? Shoes?|
|The sedate store facade hides ten floors of merchandise |
and an extraordinary Art Nouveau dome.
|Wow! From 1912.|
|The floors rise up around the dome.|
|Art Nouveau detail.|
|Looking down on the brands.|
|Fragrance, jewellery, handbags, watches, cosmetics, fashion, shoes...|
We heard from a couple different sources about the free view from the roof. We went up there twice in two days. You can see almost every site Paris is famous for. You can stay up there as long as you like and just relax. A great find!If had consulted good 'ole Trip Advisor, I might also have been a little more prepared for the loads of bussed-in tourist-shoppers who are seemingly keeping Galeries Lafayette and its expensive brands afloat:
The building is stunningly beautiful. The wide balconies that circle the grand foyer are awash in gourmet foods and luxury fashion designs. The piece de resistence is the domed stained glass roof. The department houses collections of the best designers in the world. However, the department store encourages bus loads of tourists to shop there. The last few times I've visited the store I had to maneuver my way around countless numbers of buses just to get into the store and when I finally made my way into the building I found it so crowded with tourists that I had to leave. I then walked down the street to another grand department store that was equally lovely without the impossible crowds. I would advise travelers to Paris to only visit this establishment in order to see the gorgeous interior. Don't plan on shopping there. (Trip Advisor review).We were stunned to find that about 90% of our fellow-shoppers seemed to come from Mainland China -- I understand that the big brands can be more expensive there, but queuing for half an hour to buy a handbag? My shopping companion and I opted for a little break at the champagne bar.
|Champagne break. So French.|