Two of furrylittlegnome’s favorite department stores are foreign and are always included for one or two visits on her itinerary whenever she is in Paris or London. Here is a quick glimpse of each.
40, blvd Haussmann
Opened in 1893 and located in the upscale 9th arrondissement, the inside of Galeries Lafayette is an architectual gem. On an upper floor of this shopping mecca is a terrace and observation deck – where one can get a glimpse of the City of Lights.
87-135 Brompton Road
It’s true. At its present location since 1849, Harrods takes up an entire city block in wealthy Knightsbridge. With its iconic green awnings, this five acre store, currently owned by the Fayed family is the biggest department store in the UK and Europe. And whilst all are welcome, you must remember, there is a slight dress code.
Everything in Harrods is extravagant. All gnomes must visit giant food halls, and riding the Egyptian escalator is a must. Also, just to make things easier for their foreign customers, Harrods has an entire department (Tax Free Shopping Bureau) to handle VAT refunds!
Even if you don’t plan on purchasing anything in either store, just a walk through these grand entrances is enough to make you go “Wow!”