The fashion highlight was our VIP experience in Galeries Lafayette, a beautiful department store with the most amazing building. The interior of the store was designed to look like the nearby opera house and it has the same grandeur and impact, just see the pictures of the amazing ceiling.
We were showed around by a member of staff and given a bit of history about the place. Our eyes widened and mouth dropped open to hear that they have 350 different shoe brands on the basement level - a pure heaven for shoe lovers! We were also given a discount voucher but the only thing I ended up buying was chocolate for him indoors. All around Paris I was on the lookout for those older women who epitomise French style and we spotted a few in here - skirt suits clearly custom made, wearing hats and killer heels. I want to be like that when I grow up!
One word of warning, beware the crowding of this store when hitting it on a Saturday like we did. It's a big hit with tourists which means it's rammed most of the time.
We took 5 minutes out to redeem our free champagne voucher in the Moet bar over looking the large open space left by the decorative atrium. We kept having these 'only in Paris moments' and one occurred while we were sitting sipping champers. A man in his forties came and sat down opposite us, alone, with a designer shopping bag filled with fabulous purchases no doubt, and he then ordered a glass of champagne while people watching - men in England don't shop like that, I'm sure of it.
Here are some pics of the inside of the store - I love the way they've used the space in the old lifts...
And no trip to Paris is complete without a detour to Chanel... unfortunately it was closed when we passed by, but window shopping is all I could have afforded to do there anyway. I can but dream.