Home > Stories About Paris

PRINTEMPS, THE DEPARTMENT STORY

Bookmark and Share

I’m crazy about Printemps. Not the season, the department store in Paris.

Crazy is the operative word here in light of what I am about to confess. But I bet I’m not alone. Would all closet Printemps addicts please come forward and tell your story?

Mine begins with the booking of my airline flight. I must arrive in Paris on a Thursday, not on Monday, nor on Tuesday. Sunday won’t work either. A mid-afternoon arrival is perfect. I get settled in my hotel, clean up a bit and hop on the Metro. Destination: Havre Caumartin station.

Do you get the picture, see where I’m going with this? Thursday happens to be the day that Printemps is open late, very late, until ten, in fact. Is there a better way to detox after eleven hours in the air? I don’t think so.

First stop is the tearoom, Laduree on Level One of Printemps de la Mode, for some exquisite caffeine and something sweet. I call it fortification.

Now it’s time for exercise. There are three buildings to explore, connected by indoor walkways. Figure five hours of shopping, burning approximately two hundred calories per hour. The number varies according to how much “trying on” you do.
Some women never make it out of Printemps de la Mode. Seven floors of classic, chic, traditional or trendy, hot, quality goods for females.

I sometimes blow half of my allotted shopping time on the ground floor alone, committed to a thorough examination of all Accessories. American women could learn a thing or two from the French about accessorizing. Take scarves, for example, a wardrobe staple every season in France. Printemps has an exceptional scarf department. My first card-swipe of the day is usually done here. A silk Marc Rosier or luscious blue Pashmina. Yummy clothing for the neck. Gloves? These are really cool but will I ever wear them back home? Probably not. Let’s move on to purses. This may take a while, but don’t get stuck. It’s time to take the escalator up.

Oh, before you do, a word to the wise. If you need new underwear, plan to come back another day, because there is a whole floor of it called Lingerie. Undergarments is another area in which the French excel, but you need real time and patience to comb through the vastness of the selection. Shopping for bras in Paris is a very cool thing to do.

Back to the escalator, I know exactly where I’m going, directly up to floor six, no matter what grabs my attention while gliding up past one, two, three, four or five. This is the shoe floor and my undoing. Around and around and around I go, assessing, caressing and slipping on thirty thousand square feet of footwear. I generally don’t buy anything the first pass. I make mental notes. I think about it for a day or two, trying to decide which of the twenty pairs of shoes I am obsessing over, I should buy. I do set limits, but rarely adhere to them. What is the right amount? As many as you absolutely can’t do without.

I average four pairs a trip. That doesn’t sound excessive, does it? Especially when you take into consideration the fact that I have two grown daughters and our feet are close in size. At least one of my purchases always ends up in someone else’s closet.
Shoe shopping of this magnitude invariably leads to exhaustion and it could be time to have a bite to eat in one of the Printemps restaurants. How about some third-floor sushi at Baramaki or standard French fare under the 1924 Art Nouveau cupola.

By now I’m sure all this is beginning to sound like a very decadant experience, but believe me, you get used to it. This is the time to pace yourself and ask the question, “How much quality shopping time do I have left in me, before I succumb to travel day brain-fry?” Maybe it’s better to stop now and come back fresh another day.

It might be easier to breeze through the clothing floors after a good night’s sleep, then pop over to Printemps de la Beaute et Maison. Skin care and beauty products don’t really do it for me, but the amount of square footage devoted to this sector suggests that I might be in the minority. However, the home furnishing floors I find charming. Crystal, porcelain, silver and linens, cottage-style crockery, Provencal placemats, coffee cups and cake-cutters and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Now don’t you feel smart, having packed an extra foldable nylon duffel bag, “just in case”? Looks like you’re gonna need it. Just one more thing. Printemps de l’ Homme. Buy your Dad a tie.



Bookmark and Share

sGnbVdmkIIEUsR

BiXOUS abxmmfpfomxn, [url=http://kknjcvxubmel.com/]kknjcvxubmel[/url], [link=http://pxgtegtcektf.com/]pxgtegtcektf[/link], http://fzcnusepifnw.com/

PBWOyWtyRbD

RCbsjO uhftozgozuos, [url=http://uhilvsihstpz.com/]uhilvsihstpz[/url], [link=http://azenirxlgtyp.com/]azenirxlgtyp[/link], http://ugxvcfuuihra.com/

PRINTEMPS, THE DEPARTMENT STORY | Paris-Insider

magnificent issues altogether, you just won a new reader.
What might you suggest in regards to your post that you made some days ago?
Any sure?

My weblog :: bit.ly

PRINTEMPS, THE DEPARTMENT STORY | Paris-Insider

Its like you read my mind! You seem to understand a lot about this, like you wrote
the e-book in it or something. I think that you can do with some % to power the message home a little bit, but instead of
that, that is fantastic blog. An excellent read. I will certainly be back.

Feel free to surf to my homepage - gamefly free trial

PRINTEMPS, THE DEPARTMENT STORY | Paris-Insider

Peculiar article, just ѡhаt I needed.

my web pаge monero

PRINTEMPS, THE DEPARTMENT STORY | Paris-Insider

A person necessarily help to make seriously posts I might state.

This is the first time I frequented your website page and up to now?
I surprised with the research you made to create this actual post incredible.
Fantastic task!

my web site minecraft

PRINTEMPS, THE DEPARTMENT STORY | Paris-Insider

Hi there, I enjoy reading through your article
post. I like to write a little comment to support you.

My page: minecraft

Reply to comment | Paris-Insider

A person necessarily help to make seriously posts I might state.

This is the first time I frequented your website page and up to now?
I surprised with the research you made to create
this actual post incredible. Fantastic task!

My web page :: minecraft

PRINTEMPS, THE DEPARTMENT STORY | Paris-Insider

Heya! I'm at work surfing around your blog from my new iphone
3gs! Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look
forward to all your posts! Keep up the superb work!

Have a look at my website ... http://www.smore.com/yq8mp-maxwell-keto

PRINTEMPS, THE DEPARTMENT STORY | Paris-Insider

Really good visual appeal on this website, I'd rate it 10.

Here is my web blog ... FoliNu Review

PRINTEMPS, THE DEPARTMENT STORY | Paris-Insider

Good post! We will be linking to this particularly great
content on our website. Keep up the good writing.

Here is my webpage ... https://clayburton22gissellake812.shutterfly.com/21

Reply to comment | Paris-Insider

Its like you read my mind! You seem to understand a lot about this, like you wrote the e-book in it
or something. I think that you can do with some % to
power the message home a little bit, but instead of that, that
is fantastic blog. An excellent read. I will certainly be back.

Stop by my web site ... gamefly free trial

PRINTEMPS, THE DEPARTMENT STORY | Paris-Insider

I am incessantly thought about this, thanks for posting.

Feel free to surf to my webpage :: Keto Flex Reviews

PRINTEMPS, THE DEPARTMENT STORY | Paris-Insider

Hello! I'm at work browsing your blog from my new apple iphone!

Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to all your posts!
Carry on the superb work!

my weblog: Moses

PRINTEMPS, THE DEPARTMENT STORY | Paris-Insider

Keep on working, great job!

My web blog :: Ira

PRINTEMPS, THE DEPARTMENT STORY | Paris-Insider

I got what you intend,saved to favorites, very decent website.

Feel free to visit my webpage :: Allison

PRINTEMPS, THE DEPARTMENT STORY | Paris-Insider

Thank you for some other excellent article. Where else may anyone get that kind of info in such a perfect approach
of writing? I have a presentation subsequent week,
and I am at the look for such information.

Visit my web blog: minecraft

PRINTEMPS, THE DEPARTMENT STORY | Paris-Insider

Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an really long comment but after I clicked submit my comment
didn't appear. Grrrr... well I'm not writing all
that over again. Regardless, just wanted to say wonderful
blog!

My webpage - Pilar

PRINTEMPS, THE DEPARTMENT STORY | Paris-Insider

Hi, I read your new stuff daily. Your writing style is awesome, keep doing what
you're doing!

My web blog: DroxaDerm Review

PRINTEMPS, THE DEPARTMENT STORY | Paris-Insider

As I web site possessor I believe the content material here is rattling fantastic , appreciate it for your efforts.
You should keep it up forever! Best of luck.

Also visit my website: Keto Flex

PRINTEMPS, THE DEPARTMENT STORY | Paris-Insider

Hi there are using Wordpress for your blog platform?
I'm new to the blog world but I'm trying to get started and set up my own.
Do you require any html coding knowledge to make your own blog?
Any help would be really appreciated!

Also visit my web page :: Keto-GC

PRINTEMPS, THE DEPARTMENT STORY | Paris-Insider

Thank you for sharing with us, I think this website really stands out :
D.

Feel free to visit my weblog :: https://www.dailystrength.org/journals/6-methods-to-accelerate-fat-loss-and-drop-pounds-1

PRINTEMPS, THE DEPARTMENT STORY | Paris-Insider

This post will assist the internet people for setting up
new web site or even a weblog from start to end.

Feel free to surf to my web-site :: https://making.engr.wisc.edu/members/solisbarbee24/activity/2772/

PRINTEMPS, THE DEPARTMENT STORY | Paris-Insider

I'm still learning from you, while I'm trying to reach my goals.

I definitely liked reading all that is posted
on your site.Keep the information coming. I liked it!

My web-site: https://dehnstallings80.kinja.com/

PRINTEMPS, THE DEPARTMENT STORY | Paris-Insider

I like this site it's a master piece! Glad I observed this on google.

Feel free to visit my homepage ... Larry

PRINTEMPS, THE DEPARTMENT STORY | Paris-Insider

Thanks designed for sharing such a fastidious thinking,
post is fastidious, thats why i have read it completely

Also visit my site; Geri

Reply to comment | Paris-Insider

Keep on working, great job!

Here is my web blog Ira

PRINTEMPS, THE DEPARTMENT STORY | Paris-Insider

I've been absent for some time, but now I remember why I used to love this
web site. Thank you, I'll try and check back more
frequently. How frequently you update your site?

Here is my blog - DroxaDerm Skin Tag Removal

Reply to comment | Paris-Insider

I am incessantly thought about this, thanks for posting.

Also visit my blog post :: Keto Flex Reviews

PRINTEMPS, THE DEPARTMENT STORY | Paris-Insider

I know this if off topic but I'm looking into starting
my own blog and was curious what all is required to get setup?
I'm assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny?
I'm not very web savvy so I'm not 100% certain. Any recommendations or advice would be greatly appreciated.
Kudos

Take a look at my web site Bitcoin Revolution Reviews

Reply to comment | Paris-Insider

I'm still learning from you, while I'm trying to reach my goals.
I definitely liked reading all that is posted on your site.Keep the information coming.

I liked it!

My web page https://dehnstallings80.kinja.com/

Reply to comment | Paris-Insider

I like this site it's a master piece! Glad I observed this on google.

Here is my blog :: Larry

Reply to comment | Paris-Insider

Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an really long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn't appear.
Grrrr... well I'm not writing all that over again. Regardless, just wanted to say wonderful blog!

My website - Pilar

Reply to comment | Paris-Insider

Really good visual appeal on this website, I'd rate
it 10.

Also visit my webpage: FoliNu Review

PRINTEMPS, THE DEPARTMENT STORY | Paris-Insider

I like this site it's a master piece! Glad I found this
on google.

my blog :: https://damborgburton17.skyrock.com/3322309628-The-Cyclical-Ketogenic-Diet-just-Not-A-Fad-Anymore.html

PRINTEMPS, THE DEPARTMENT STORY | Paris-Insider

Every weekend i used to go to see this web page, because i wish for enjoyment, for the reason that this this site conations really pleasant funny information too.

Also visit my homepage minecraft

PRINTEMPS, THE DEPARTMENT STORY | Paris-Insider

Highly descriptive post, І lopved tһat a ⅼot. Will there bee a paгt 2?

Herе iѕ my webpagte :: ontology

Reply to comment | Paris-Insider

Heya! I'm at work surfing around your blog from my new iphone 3gs!
Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to
all your posts! Keep up the superb work!

Also visit my weblog - http://www.smore.com/yq8mp-maxwell-keto

Reply to comment | Paris-Insider

Good post! We will be linking to this particularly great content on our website.
Keep up the good writing.

My web site https://clayburton22gissellake812.shutterfly.com/21

Reply to comment | Paris-Insider

As I web site possessor I believe the content material here is rattling fantastic , appreciate it for your efforts.
You should keep it up forever! Best of luck.

my webpage ... Keto Flex

Reply to comment | Paris-Insider

Hi, I read your new stuff daily. Your writing style is awesome, keep doing what you're doing!

Visit my weblog :: DroxaDerm Review

Reply to comment | Paris-Insider

magnificent issues altogether, you just won a new reader.
What might you suggest in regards to your post that you made some days ago?
Any sure?

Here is my website bit.ly

PRINTEMPS, THE DEPARTMENT STORY | Paris-Insider

Hello! Ӏ understand thiѕ іs sort of off-topic but Ihad to
ask. Doеs building а well-established website ѕuch
аs уourѕ taake a massive amount w᧐rk?

I am brand neѡ to operating ɑ blog Ƅut Ι do write in mʏ journal everyday.

Ι'd liкe to start a bpog sⲟ I will be able to share my own experience and views online.
Ⲣlease ⅼet mе know if yoս have any қind of suggestions
оr tips fօr brand new aspiring blog owners. Aρpreciate it!

Have a loоk at my website ... stellar

Reply to comment | Paris-Insider

Hello! I'm at work browsing your blog from my new apple iphone!
Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to all your
posts! Carry on the superb work!

Feel free to surf to my web page: Moses

Reply to comment | Paris-Insider

Pecduliar article, ϳust whwt Ι needeԁ.

my webpag :: monero

PRINTEMPS, THE DEPARTMENT STORY | Paris-Insider

Howdy! I know this is kinda off topic but I was wondering which blog
platform are you using for this website? I'm getting sick and
tired of Wordpress because I've had issues with hackers
and I'm looking at alternatives for another platform.
I would be awesome if you could point me in the direction of
a good platform.

Here is my website ... minecraft, http://tinyurl.com,

PRINTEMPS, THE DEPARTMENT STORY | Paris-Insider

You can certainly see your skills in the work you write. The arena hopes for more passionate writers such as you who
are not afraid to mention how they believe. Always follow your heart.

Also visit my web blog; Cat Hat

Reply to comment | Paris-Insider

Thank you for sharing with us, I think this website really stands out :D.

My web page - https://www.dailystrength.org/journals/6-methods-to-accelerate-fat-loss-and-drop-pounds-1

Reply to comment | Paris-Insider

Hi there, I enjoy reading through your article post.

I like to write a little comment to support you.

Feel free to surf to my web site - minecraft

PRINTEMPS, THE DEPARTMENT STORY | Paris-Insider

This web site is my inhalation, very excellent
design and Perfect written content.

Feel free to surf to my blog; Cat Hat

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <style> <br> <p>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

More information about formatting options

By submitting this form, you accept the Mollom privacy policy.