Shopping in Europe
For the dedicated shopper, the chance to go shopping in Europe is an unmissable opportunity.
The continent offers a wide variety of shopping outlets, from big warehouse booze cruise shops to small, quaint markets offering a wide selection of local produce that are packed with taste and quality. Depending on the product and the current exchange rates, the trip could often work out better value for money than shopping abroad, and you have the added satisfaction that you have got something with a hint of otherness about it.
Paris is packed full of shopping districts, from the chic, expensive department and high-end fashion stores that you can find in areas such as Louvre-Tuileries and Faubourg Saint-Honoré to more unique items to be found in the city's flea markets, such as Saint-Ouen Flea Market.
Naturally, no trip to Paris is complete without a trip to the two famous rivals of the Department store world, Printemps and Galeries Lafayette. There are also nearly sixty open-air and covered markets throughout the city. Note that many of these markets will have limited opening hours, and it is unlikely that you will find many markets open on a Monday.
France is rightly known for its food. Whilst you can often find nice food in the supermarkets, to really take advantage of the beauty and erotic delights of French cuisine, it is necessary to go to street markets or small local shops where individual producers sell direct to the public.
French food is taken very seriously, and there is often a distinct art to the display and sale of products - often, it'll be possible to try the cuisine before committing to a purchase.
Further, in many regions, there are marked tours which take in the area's specialities and allow you to learn a bit of the cultural history and the process of production.