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EXOTIC SHOPPING IN PARIS
Paris, the capital of France, is a shopper’s paradise, with plenty of large department stores as well as thousands of delightful smaller shops.
Antique lovers can find fantastic furniture in the small antique shops on Bonaparte and Jacob Streets, and collectors can find rare books on the bookstalls lining the banks of the River Seine. There are also some great depertment stores which sell everything from perfume to furniture. Galleries Lafayette, Paris’ largest department store on Boulevard Haussmann, offeres a great variety of high quality woolen skirts, leather jackets and designer clothes. The Marais is a group of little streets with some of the trendiest boutiques. There you can buy fashionable clothes, shoes and jewellery. For shoppers with big bank accounts, there is a wide range of jewellers’ and designer fashion houses along the Rue de Rivoli, such as Cartier, Chanel, Nina Ricci and Christian Dior.
Shops in Paris are usually open from 8 or 10 in the morning till about 7 in the evening? From Monday to Saturday. The big sales come after Christmas and before the autumn collections.
Don’t miss the chance to go shopping in Paris. There is always something to suit everyone’s pocket and taste.
SHOPPING IN LONDON (HARRODS)
Location and management
‘Enter a different world”, it says on the doormat, and this is what you do when you visit Harrods in Knightsbridge, London.Harrods is “the world’s most celebrated store”, says Chairman Mr Mohamed Al Fayed.
History of the store
In the beginning though, Harrods was just a small grocer’s shop. It was opened in 1849 and run by Charles Henry Harrod. His son took over and added medicines and perfumes, as well as fruit, flowers, sweets and van delivery service.
Over the years, Harrods has survived a fire, two World Wars and even two bombings. In 1983, Harrods moved abroad and opened a branch in Japan and later others in Hong Kong. Singapore and Taiwan, as well as airport shops in most majot European cities.
Departments and services
Today, around 35,000 people visit Harrods every day. It has got 300 departments spread over 7 floors and employs over 4,000 staff. It also has eight doormen, known as ‘Green Men’, as well as its own fire brigade, security personnel, doctors and nurses.
Harrods is the official supplier of certain goods to the Royal Family, and sells everything from clothes to caviar. The Food Halls are still the heart and soul of Harrods. In addition to the 19 bars and restaurants in the store, there is a bank, a travel agent’s, a dry cleaner’s and the biggest hair and beauty salon in Europe.
January and July are very busy months for Harrods because they are sale times. Over 300,000 customers visit the stote on the first day alone. Many people sleep outside the store all night to be first in when the doors open on the first day.
“All things, for all people, everywhere” is the store’s motto. The Harrods name means the best of British quality, service and style. All in all, Harrods is a fascinating place to visit.
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