What else to do in Paris – Perhaps some shopping
But for Paris shopping beware ‘Point Rouge.’
Not really, just be aware. This is something you will see in department stores in Paris that offer discount cards but Paris shopping in department stores can add some benefits. The discount cards, however, that you receive at many hotels or can get at the store itself, such as Galeries Lafayette, do have the ‘point rouge’ caveat. ‘Point rouge’ areas exclude many brands, including most big names, from the discount. The “point rouge’ sign is usually at the service desk for each boutique or ask to be sure.
Paris Shopping and De Tax
Recently I was pleasantly surprised that Galeries Lafayette did not exclude my current favorite, Cerruti 1881. Still the “Grands Magasins” do offer access to many of the name brands that one would be exhausted trying to hunt down individually. In addition, with the proper dollar value, they offer ‘de tax’ services. This is the tax refund. Many individual stores do the ‘de tax’ as well but you would have to reach the dollar value in each shop where, with only a few exceptions, one day of shopping can be accumulated in the “Grands Magasins.” Now, it may not be hard to reach the value in most individual shops (this is Paris) but the accumulation that goes with one stop shopping is a time saver. Personally, given time, I like the individual boutique stores but don’t overlook the convenience of the “Grands Magasins.”
Paris shopping, you just need to be aware.
Find Galeries Lafayette ‘de tax’ here.
… and during your Paris vacation, you may want to relax with good natured Ralph. He may be the travel companion you were looking for. And where to relax, well, with its view, the Galeries Lafayette rooftop provides one spot.