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Friday Fun Facts - C'est Les Soldes

Friday Fun Facts – C’est Les Soldes!

Did you know??? For a period of six weeks in the winter and again in spring, France’s retailers put their lingering unsold stock on sale for the savvy to pick up at serious discounts. From Wednesday January 11th through Tuesday February 21st, 2017.

Clearance sales began with the advent of the first department stores in Paris, the earliest dating back to 1784. Retailers needed a way to dispose of surplus inventory to clear the way for new merchandise. An idea dreamed up by François Mannoury to spur buying, the first official clearance sales were held at the “Petit Saint Thomas” in the mid 1800’s. He was also the creator and first to offer sales by correspondence.

Friday Fun Facts – The Guillotine

The last execution by Guillotine in France happened not so long ago… The Guillotine was designed by the surgeon Antoine Louis inspired by devices found in Italy. Dr. Louis perfected his new toy by practicing on the corpses left behind by his botched surgeries and a few sheep (dinner?). It was first presented to the French in 1789 by his friend the Doctor Joseph Guillotin from where it gets its name.

Parisian Fall Fashion Faux Pas

Dressing for Paris Tourist Tips

No one wants to be dressed poorly when visiting Paris. It’s the fashion capital of the world after all…

Trying to determine the best outfit to wear in Paris, while keeping warm and comfortable, and still blending in and looking your best in no easy feat. Especially as a tourist.There always seem to be so many questions on how to properly dress for Paris, and few answers especially when it comes to the Autumn season. My most often asked question is definitely about dressing for Paris, and in particular -what kind of shoes to wear and whether Parisiens really wear athletic shoes or not. Follow along, and you can see for yourself exactly how to dress!