We spent one day shopping for clothes in Paris for Nuala. I think it was the hardest day of the Gap Year so far ( for me anyhow!). We went to the 9th district – famous for Boulevard Haussmann , Galeries Lafayette, Printemps etc. The stores were crowded and hot.
We did shop after shop, looking for right sizes, trying on clothes, deciding they were not right (boys you know the story- does not fit right- makes me look fat etc !!) The famous shops were very expensive. In the end Nuala got most of what she wanted in C&A. What kept me going was that we stopped for a nice lunch. We then took a break from the shopping and we did a tour of the Opera House (a very beautiful building built by a young architect Charles Garnier, started under Napoleon Third but took 15 years to build)
I was exhausted by the time we got back to the boat that evening . My feet were killing me! The next day was back to sightseeing (or so I thought). Off we went to Montmartre and went on a tourist train ride up to the top of the hills. When we came down I had the great idea to save money. Why not have a picnic in the little park in the middle of Montmartre ? Better still why not buy our sandwiches in Monoprix (cheaper again).
Great idea says Nuala. So in we went, but low and behold, the ladies fashion was on the ground floor before you got the food section in the basement (I wonder why?). And so…. we came out a while later, having spent €65 on trousers and a blouse and €10 on lunch. I thought the clothes shopping was done? That’s the last time I will try to save money. And yes all we bought was clothes.