Les soldes!

January 20th, 2012

France, being very centralized, regulates sales in stores.  While stores are allowed a certain number of ‘sale’ days of their choice, the dates of the really big sales (6 weeks long), summer and winter, are fixed by the government.  Winter sales this year run from January 11th through February 22nd.  Virtually every store has some items available at major markdowns, often 50 or 60% or more.

If you plan a trip to Paris in mid-January you can take advantage of the sales and, at the same time, take in some of the major art exhibitions (most of the major fall exhibits run through the 3rd week of January).  But best to buy tickets online ahead of time – lots of folks who meant to go earlier all of a sudden realize that the exhibit will close soon so demand is high!


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