I planned to find a Paris market today. Preferably a flea or antiques market, not a food market (my body can't take any more croissant or pastry). Instead my French teacher announced that we would have a test tomorrow. With the noble aim of getting home early enough tonight to study, I decided an afternoon of retail therapy was in order.
The quintessential Paris shopping experience is visiting the Gallery Lafayette on Blvd Haussman. Generally, I have found that there are two types of travellers - those who love to shop and those who look down on the shoppers, preferring to sight-see, have authentic experiences and immerse themselves in local culture. I think, the Gallery Lafayette can satisfy both these groups. Mostly because if you can ignore the seven floors of, possibly the best shopping in town (I didn't , I succumbed to Zara) , you can make it to the roof-top of the building which has one of the best views of Paris.
In 2011, I went the George restaurant in the Pompidou centre that has a breathtaking view of the city - from the Eiffel Tower to the Sacre Coeur. The view from the Gallery LaFayette is perhaps, only second to that. And it's free. On a clear day you can see the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triompe, The Opera Garnier is right in front of you & the Sacre Coeur. I settled in on the roof with a frozen yoghurt , then had lunch on the 6th floor cafeteria with the best view in town.
Oh, and maybe turn up with a good camera, rather than an iPhone like I did.
Next post will be from Venice , where I'm excited to finally visit the Venice Biennale.