Nope, this is not the dome of a cathedral. Nor is it the skylight of some grand mosque.
It's simply the ceiling of the most beautiful shopping mall on the planet – Galeries Lafayette!
Never mind the jaw-dropping prices of the luxury merchandise – just gawk at the ceiling and drool at the macarons. This upmarket French department store is a destination in itself and is the second most visited monument in Paris, after the Eiffel Tower.
Founded by two cousins in 1983, what started out as a tiny store became a mega department store chain and now operates in a number of locations in and outside France.
Opulence is the order of the day. Six levels of scalloped balconies with ornate railings wrap around the atrium like tiers of a wedding cake!
If you have money to burn, you could go crazy here – you will find every major designer brand available including the likes of Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci, Cartier, Chanel...
Their food hall is amazing!
I learned a thing or two about French pastries.
Éclair, the very classic French pastry
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I was told that most people confuse macarons with macaroons. I used to think that it was just a spelling mistake.
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A glass-bottom viewing platform that extends over the atrium on the third level provides a spectacular view beneath the Art Deco dome. The walkway is 9 metres long and suspended 16 metres high in mid-air – not recommended for those who have a fear of heights!
What is the most beautiful mall you have seen?