Bonjour from chilly Paris, the place it’s at present grey and the temperature is at 3degC.
Are you able to consider it? In the present day is the primary day of December! After over every week of dwelling on this stunning metropolis throughout their second confinement, President Macron eased the principles of the lockdown by permitting retailers to reopen on November 28, Saturday. Whereas eating places will stay closed till January 2021 (which is simply so unhappy), no less than the shops, small boutiques, and luxurious model retailers are allowed to function once more — a great way for the economic system to do some catch-up earlier than the yr ends. Boulevard Haussmann (pronounced Osmann) which is house to 2 huge shops or grands magasins, Printemps and Galeries Lafayette, was going to be busy that day, with a throng of buyers anticipated.
I used to be one of many numerous folks excited concerning the prospect of with the ability to go into retailers once more (haha shopaholic a lot?), however on the similar time I had plenty of reservations about being out and about the place there could also be lots of people once more. I’ve been extraordinarily cautious and nearly to the purpose of paranoid again once I was in Manila, spraying every little thing with alcohol, and in Paris nobody appears to hold alcohol sprays like I do haha. Most of them solely have small bottles of alcohol gel on them.
The the hazard of crowds is that this — Covid-19 contamination spreads quickest that method, particularly if individuals are not cautious and don’t observe social distancing. From what I’ve noticed, most individuals on the road put on a masks, although there are a handful who don’t put on them correctly — their noses are protruding of their masks (eeps). I simply hope that individuals are accountable on that day, or else the numbers will leap once more. And that might simply be unhappy, particularly with December coming.
Saturday morning got here. It was a chilly however sunny day — a wonderful signal! Had a fast brunch at house earlier than heading to the retailers. I used to be ready. I made positive to line my masks with an additional filter that day — I appeared like a muffled Darth Vader once I discuss haha however hey, higher secure than sorry! I stuffed out my on-line attestation or journey allow, was allowed to be out for 3 hours and inside 20km from house. I don’t know if that is strictly enforced the way in which it was throughout first confinement, however finest to stay to the principles to keep away from any problems.
After I bought to Boulevard Haussmann, I noticed the crowds — I used to be advised there have been nonetheless no vacationers in Paris, so these have been all locals.
WOW, out to buy with a vengeance! There have been actually fairly a bit of individuals on the streets — it was nearly like a standard weekend in Paris once more.
And although initially I felt concern and panic, I relaxed just a little and bought into the festive spirit of the season like everybody else. However I did keep away from the crowds after I had taken pictures and movies for Instagram, so you can all be a part of my “journey.”
I made a decision in opposition to going into both grands magasins as a result of I knew everybody would flock there both to see the Christmas vitrines or simply buy groceries inside. I made a decision to stroll round Palais Garnier (Opera) and funnily, even noticed a Dyson retailer with an extended queue outdoors!
French folks appear to take their home cleansing critically haha! and cross Place Vendome the place the retailers at Saint Honore have been ready 🙂 Saint Honore was not very busy in any respect. This procuring road appears to be extra standard amongst vacationers than amongst locals. And since there have been no vacationers at the moment, the road was truly actually nice.
I made a decision to put in writing about my procuring expertise at Louis Vuitton Saint Honore, as a result of that was the place I spent probably the most period of time. There was no queue outdoors the shop, and upon entry, I used to be greeted by 3 folks — a woman who greeted me with bienvenue (welcome), a person who pumped alcogel (gel hydro alcoolique) into my palms, and one other lady who requested if there was something I used to be searching for specifically. To be trustworthy, I had no intention of shopping for something — I’ve not purchased something from Vuitton in years (my final 2 Vuitton baggage have been the Frank Gehry field and the Mini Palm Springs World Tour). I used to be simply curious to see if folks have been shopping for LV baggage once more, and extra curious if there have been any new procuring procedures they’ve adopted for the reason that pandemic hit. The shop can accommodate 140 folks, most, however for the reason that constructing is giant, there was no subject with social distancing — I felt very secure, and with my masks on.
I used to be accompanied by my SA all through my “tour” of every ground to take a look at the brand new merchandise, together with her updating me on what had been occurring throughout the confinement.
After going by way of the gathering, I requested concerning the baggage I used to be to see. I knew that baggage just like the Petit Sac Plat,
Multi-Pochette Equipment,and the Sac Coeur Recreation on,
have been almost inconceivable to search out in lots of boutiques, so I attempted my luck.
I used to be advised that the Sac Coeur was on order foundation, so if I had needed it, I can nonetheless order. Made me actually give it some thought as a result of it’s a cute bag, although I wasn’t positive if my cellphone would even slot in it. The store additionally had the final 2 items of each the Petit Sac Plat and Multi- Pochette Equipment. So I requested to see them.
The Multi-Pochette Equipment is basically simply 2 different- sized pochettes and a spherical coin purse connected collectively by a thick sport strap and a shorter chain. It’s undoubtedly a really practical bag you could carry some ways. I seen although that there are hardly any leather-based elements on the bag and although I can perceive why it’s a extremely popular bag, I don’t fairly see its worth like I might with the Sac Coeur, which by the way in which is barely `180 Euros extra in value. The Sac Coeur Recreation on Bag is simply cute 🙂
The Petit Sac Plat received me over as a result of it was small, has 2 rolled leather-based handles and an extended vachetta strap, suits my cellphone, and is a fairly no- fuss piece. Plus it was additionally 500 Euros lower than the Multi-Pochette bag.
And so… Merry Christmas to me? Lol! Okay actually I haven’t determined if I’ll preserve this bag simply but, so keep tuned on @thebaghagdotcom, simply in case 😀
The transaction was seamless and straightforward and all through the stroll inside the shop, I felt secure. There have been actually so few folks and I’d even have been the one Asian buyer in there on the time. Attention-grabbing occasions often because the uncommon events I used to drop by Louis Vuitton, the store can be filled with Asian vacationers and hardly any French locals!
By the point I “sweeped” the LV retailer, it was already darkish outdoors.
The constructing was already all lit up, and even the retailers alongside Place Vendome had their timber lit up as effectively.
It was so fairly! I handed by the Opera once more and noticed folks lounging round by the steps, maybe the spot of their rendezvous as a result of all cafes are closed.
Boulevard Haussmann was behind Palais Garnier and it was all lit up! It was actually such a fairly sight and for a minute or so, I had forgotten that this metropolis was nonetheless on the mercy of the virus.
I took pictures and brief movies of the festive retailer vitrines for Instagram (for you all haha) as youngsters and their dad and mom additionally stared in awe and surprise. I can’t consider it. Almost 9 months have handed. 2020 was nearing its finish and most of our yr was spent dwelling in concern of an invisible enemy that crippled our lives.
We nonetheless have a lot to be glad about and to rejoice because the yr ends, however we simply need to be further cautious and accountable. Have a good time mini milestones whereas carrying a masks and whereas practising social distancing. Wash your palms throughly each likelihood you get. Our lives could by no means return to our outdated regular, however let’s additionally not permit this virus to take our little pleasures away!
Completely happy December, everybody!
TheBagHag in Paris (haha #notEmily)