San Miguel Shoes Handmade in Mexico The discovery of San Miguel Shoes, an iconic brand, will keep me coming back to Mexico on a regular basis. I’m completely serious. As a person with long term back issues resulting from a botched spinal fusion, I constantly search the globe for comfortable shoes that won’t kill me after two minutes of wearing them, and that are also stylish. It’s a tall order to find “orthopedic” shoes that are not butt ugly or look
Sadly, globalization has hit Paris like everywhere else, so every year increasing numbers of charming, unique and independent boutiques are replaced by chains and big box stores. However, there are still many delightful finds throughout the city and Paris offers a diverse range of shopping opportunities and experiences that are explored below. Grands Magasins A shopping excursion wouldn’t be complete without stepping inside one of the world’s most celebrated fashion department stores. However, beware; the main ones, Galeries Lafayette and Printemps
Window-Shopping Who can be blamed for stopping frequently to gawk slack-jawed at the numerous window displays showing off style, beauty and creativity extraordinaire? The French gawk too and have a fun name for this pleasant past-time: lèche-vitrine, literally ‘licking the windows.’ Scenic Metro Ride Ride Metro Line 6 (which is largely above ground), from beginning to end for a great glimpse of several residential districts of Paris that takes you through parts of the chic 16th (below ground), 15th, 6th, 13th
Some things about Paris and the way the city operates can be puzzling. See the quirks below and prepare yourself to ‘get over it’ before arriving! GET OVER IT #1 There is very little to no air-conditioning in France. The age of the buildings often prevents modern conveniences like these to be installed. When the temperatures are high in Paris, it is really, really hot because so many structures such as streets and buildings are made of stone and absorb the
MYTH #1: Paris is really, really expensive. Explanation: In any city of the world, the sky is the limit when it comes to what you can spend and pay for things. Compared to most other major tourist destinations in the world, in fact it is very possible to get by quite inexpensively in Paris. Admission costs for museums and attractions are extremely reasonable (and some are free!), public transportation is a downright bargain and many restaurants feature attractively priced set menus.