Today is the first day of the summer sales! Many stores opened at a very-early-for-Paris 8 a.m. this morning, with lines forming in front of the stores hours prior. While this is common in the US, in France it is … Continue reading
It only happens twice a year.
What are les soldes? Only the biannual mega-sales here in la France. It’s a season, an event, a frenzy, and a happening. The best part is that all of the stores take part in it, so now is the time to come do your shopping in Paris. Think Black Friday, except that these sales last six weeks in the winter and six weeks in the summer. This winter season, the soldes run from January 9 to February 12, 2013.
Below is a little sampling of the ads you can see all around the city. Galeries Lafayette, Printemps, Le Bon Marché: all of the grand magasins (big French department stores) have their own dramatic ads to tell the world that the soldes have indeed begun, which I personally adore. Demure, rock-and-roll, and diva-licious: they’re covering all the bases to get you to the stores.
Time to get shopping!
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” croons Andy Williams.
I love December. I love everything about it! The cold, the holiday spirit, the carols, the winter attire, the advent calendars, The Holiday, Love Actually, the mulled wine or Glühwein or vin chaud, or whatever you may call it, the beautiful trees, the bûche de Noël, the Champs-Élysées lights, the marchés de Noël, (now) the mincepies, the Christmas crackers, the posadas, and, of course, the decorations.
If you are in Paris for the holidays, you must add “go see window displays” to your Parisian to-do list. Let me clarify; these are absolutely NOT your ordinary window displays. When Dior and Louis Vuitton are involved, you don’t just get beauty, you get magic. And if Vogue raves about it, you know it’s good.
In this three-part blog series, PatriciaParisienne will take you on a tour of this year’s vitrines.
The department store’s theme “Christmas of the Century” (Noël du Siècle), along with its Disney Princess addition, makes this a fairy tale holiday all month. The gorgeous Louis Vuitton window displays will be available for your sight-seeing pleasure through January 1, 2013.
40, Bd Haussmann