France

August 22, 2018
The City of Light (and Literature): Eight Great Books to Read about Paris premium
The Galeries Lafayette on Boulevard Haussmann has been one of Paris’ fashion institutes since 1893. But the ornate upmarket department store is more than just a must-visit destination for fashion enthusiasts from around the globe. La Librairie is a haven for bookworms, with plenty of great books to read about Paris and beyond.
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July 6, 2018
5 Things you Probably Don’t Know about Visiting Galeries Lafayette in Paris premium
The department store concept was invented in Paris, and although Galeries Lafayette wasn’t the first, it is synonymous with shopping in Paris. As with Macy’s in New York City and Harrods in London, Galeries Lafayette Haussmann is much more than a place to exercise your credit card; it’s a destination in and of itself. Making […]
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June 5, 2018
Renting and Buying Luxury Designer Goods in Paris premium
I first stumbled upon InstantLuxe.com a few months ago while searching for a vintage Rolex. I’d never heard of the site and was leery as I scrolled through the photos of designer watches. As I looked closer at the site, I discovered that it’s part of Groupe Galeries Lafayette, which added instant credibility. Lo and […]
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May 10, 2018
A Work of Art—and Sound—at Galeries Lafayette premium
You probably know Galeries Lafayette as one of Paris’ premier shopping destinations, but did you know it’s home to an actual gallery? Galerie des Galeries presents exciting exhibitions throughout the year, and the one on now through June 24 will be music to your ears—literally.
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April 25, 2018
Shop ’till you Drop: Guide to Getting your VAT back in France premium
One of the best things about visiting France is the shopping. AND, if you happen to be a non-European Union resident, you can shop ‘till you drop for less by claiming back your sales tax. Since this concept doesn’t exist in the United States, Americans can find the process quite confusing. Thus, I’ve put together […]
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March 21, 2018
5 Things to do at Galeries Lafayette in Paris (other than Shopping) premium
Did you know that the department store concept was created in Paris? It was in the mid-1800s that Paris shopping moved from covered passages to les grands magasins. These big stores set up shop on wide boulevards with plenty of lighting. It was in 1893 that two cousins from Alsace opened what is now known […]
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