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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Shopping Extraordinaire


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
image source - Galeries La Fayette
Éclair is the French word for lightning. It is said that the pastry received its name because it glistens when coated with confectioner's glaze. There are others who claim that the name was given because the pastry is so good, it disappears as fast as lightning! We were told by our tour guide there is even a third theory which suggests that when this dessert debuted in France, news of its awesomeness swept across the country at lightning speed, hence the name.




Macarons

I was told that most people confuse macarons with macaroons. I used to think that it was just a spelling mistake.

The differences
image source - The Spruce Eats

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?

Musings Of A Tired Mummy

28 comments:

Sandee said...

Never even heard of this place before today. I wouldn't shop here, but I'd go look around. I'm not one to spend money like that.

Have a fabulous day. ♥

Lin said...

Oh MY! How incredible! Isn't it amazing what we, as humans, can do??! Such extravagance!!

I LOVE macarons!! Well...any of the French pastries will do...but I love the subtle flavor of macarons.

betty said...

Thanks for the explanation of macarons and macaroons. I too thought they were the same thing. So did you try an eclair or a macaron? What a cool looking mall! I would definitely have to visit there and try an eclair or share one with hubby. I'd probably be staring a lot with my mouth opened wide amazed at all to see. I haven't really been to any "good" malls just the ordinary type ones but one day I want to go to Mall of America in Minnesota. I hear that's a great one!

Loved all the names you suggested for the wee one! Great idea about going with a foreign name of endearment!

betty

Little Binky and Granny said...

WOW! That's some pawsome mall. Granny has seen a lot of malls, but never one so beautiful as this one <3 Pawkisses for a Happy Day🐾😽💞

Hootin' Anni said...

I would enter this, and NEVER come out. Wow.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

The most beautiful mall I've seen is yours in your photo. Oh my gosh. I'd love to see that in person. And, know what else, I want an eclair!

Mellie said...

WOW that place looks amazing. I can't say I've ever seen a beautiful mall like that one before!

Jill said...

Wow, this is absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing the photos! I did not realize that that macaron and macaroons were different either, my daughter loves macarons, lol. Have a great weekend!

Blessings,
Jill

@AdventureAcces said...

Well, what an utterly fabulous post. I have visited Paris but have never heard of this place before today. Your photos are amazing and you have taught me the meaning of Eclair and the difference between Macaron and Macaroon. Thank you for a lovely article. #GlobalBlogging

stevebethere said...

Oh! my that LQQKS amazing and fascinating and all those fab pastries and macarons yum :-)

Have an architectoraltastic week :-)

Meditations in Motion said...

How did I not visit this place when I was in Paris? We will just have to go back. And thanks for the macaron/macaroon tutorial. I learned something today!

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

Amazing place, I'd never heard of! Thanks for sharing

NanaHood said...

Love the dome and the delicious looking goodies! I haven't eaten yet today and I'm drooling! Thanks for linking up at NanaHood my friend!

ALLIE NYC said...

I have been to Paris three times and have not yet been there. I will have to check this out next time I go. I did not realize how grand it is!

Allie of
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Hena Tayeb said...

Oh wow that is stunning..

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An Apel a Day said...

I don't think I've ever been to a pretty mall. A mall that has a lot of stuff in it - I have been to that. Mall of America for sure. I love the treats! I'd want to gobble them all up.

betty-NZ said...

Wow! What a fabulous place! Maybe just rich people know about it and that's why it's such a well-kept secret :) I could spend a whole day there just taking photos of the beautiful place.
Whatever the reason for their name, eclairs have always been a favorite of mine. I'd go crazy trying to make my selections, so many to choose from :)

I enjoyed your post at 'My Corner of the World' so much this week!

My Corner of the World

Mandy said...

I knew when I clicked your link on the image-ing blog hop it was going to include Galeries Lafayette! That's one of my favorite stores in Paris! It is absolutely an experience unto itself. And it is especially worthy of a visit during the Christmas season! It was so fun to learn about the meaning of the word eclair; who knew?! But it makes perfect sense! Thanks for sharing!

With Love,
Mandy

DrillerAA said...

Well, I think I gained a couple of pounds just looking at the images of the pastry. The architecture of the dome is truly spectacular. Thanks for sharing both with us today.

Sandee said...

Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

pilch92 said...

That is beautiful. And the pastries look so good.

Chris Blackwood said...

Beautiful mall! I think I'd gain 10 pounds before I got out the door. All that wonderful food.

Mother of 3 said...

I don't really remember walking around and shopping there but I do remember looking up in awe at that amazing dome! It was stunning and I have several photos of it (and I recognized it right away when I saw it linked up at the Wonderful Wednesday party!).

Esha M Dutta said...


What an interesting place! I'd love to go there someday. And I never knew the difference between macaron and macaroon until I read it here, so thank you for sharing this bit of information.

Thank you for joining us for our #ww bloghop this week.

Dr Roshan Radhakrishnan said...

Thank you so much for this walkthrough... that mall ceiling was amazing and those food pics...heaven. The best I can recall being in is one in Dubai but that was 20 years ago and I am sure they have far better ones today.

My first time here and I love your site.

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The Writing Greyhound said...

Oh my goodness, that is absolutely beautiful! Definitely one for the bucket list. And those cakes look incredible too! #thatfridaylinky

Heather Keet said...

This is such an impressive shopping mall, I would be spending my time looking at the building and not buy anything. #GlobalBlogging

R's Rue said...

I want some sweets.
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