话转回来，由于这个trip没有gang，所以就自己一个人跑去酒店附近新开的商场逛逛。刚好是星期天，商场里人山人海，到处都是忙着逛街及购物的人们(我想日本人可能是天生的购物狂吧! 总觉得他们都非常喜欢买东西，尤其是时尚和新炫的东西)。不经意的闲逛着，抬头时刚好看到这个新落成的摩天轮。我想它大约有十层楼高吧! 和关西国际空港(Kansai International Airport，空港为日文叫法，中文就是我们所谓的飞机场)遥遥相对。看到它，立时让我想起陈奕迅的那首歌~"幸福摩天轮"以及关于摩天轮的一个传说。
Paris. It is spring, yet winter winds howl down the Champs Elysees. Dozens of men and women emerge from all directions. Those people walk at a quick clip along the rain-soaked sidewalk heading towards the fabled corner Louis Vuitton flagship store on the Avenue des Champs Elysees. Standing at the corner, they huddle together against the wind, and then swarms into the multi-level building. This is not a special clearance day at Louis Vuitton. It is like this every day. (In fact LV doesn't even go on sale, cause they don’t want to “devalue” the brand, so not matter when, their price will only get higher but not cheaper.)
Champs-Elysees flagship store is the largest store in Paris as well as in the world. It is a seven-stories store where the decor and famous interior design provides a multi sensory experience. It is like a consumer temple for all the shopaholics where plenty of LV goodies such as bags, luggage, apparels, accessories etc to feast their eyes on.
While we entered, we were surprised by its complete and unbelievable selections. But too bad that photo taking is not allowed in the store. At here, each entering customer will gets one attending sales person only to serve you. So better stick to this sales person if you want to buy anything. This is their rules. If you can’t speak French and English, no worries, they are also hire others such as Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Latino… sales attendants to serve you. So language is not a barrier here. And you can imagine how many sales attendants they have in the store!! Some more, they will serve you champagne too while you are in the store. Really treat you as a guest in their house. And they are not really pushy to want you to buy the stuffs. Most of them are very well manner and good service.
3 of us were shocked by a lot of wealthy visitors from Mainland China who are just like ransack the store as its a flea market. They are prepared for the eye-popping amount of money and spent lavishly in LV while they are traveling in Paris. Last time maybe Japanese will do this but now it’s turn to Mainland Chinese.
As comparison, LV here are much more cheaper than KL. We can gauge the price difference by taking account of the currency exchange rate and V.A.T (Value Added Tax). We can claim the V.A.T. at the airport. There is a 12% rebate of V.A.T. for tourist. But there is a condition where we need to spend minimum 176 euros in a single receipt then only we entitled to get the tax refund. But I am sure it is not a problem at LV cause the things here minimum price is 100 euros and a above. They will only give you 10% tax rebate if you opt for cash refunds. If you opt for the tax refund to be credited into you credit card, then only will be 12%. So, currency exchange plus the 12% V.A.T. deductions, that's how much we can save. Hmm… roughly from few hundred to thousand over ringgit with the same bag in KL compare with here!!! But remember one thing, be sure to bring your passport along if u want to shop and collect the V.A.T., cause they need your passport to enter your particulars into the system.
So, once are here, the only thing we can do is Shop! Shop! Shop! Outlook view of the store Main entrance Side view Side view Me and Christine with her newly bought LV Damier Canvas Trevi bag
While on our way to Pavilion after the k session yesterday, we accidentally noticed this café at LOT 10. From its name tells, think can guess it is opened by Hong Kong film star Jackie Chan. This outlet is situated at 2nd floor concourse area. It is an open air concept without any glasses, partitions and walls in the café, so people can easily look inside or looking at us (sometimes will feel very weird). That’s a huge “sofa bed” in the middle where we can sit and lie down (if dare, u can sleep too) to relax ourselves while having a cup of coffee.
The cafe serves premium coffees, including espresso and blended coffees, juices and flavored teas, as well as light meals and pastries. The prices are reasonable compare to others same rank cafés. Well, it’s quite a quaint cosy place where we can away from the busy streets down below and take some rest after a hard shopping day. Cafe's bar View from 3rd floor People sit and lie down on huge "sofa bed" Hot chocolate
The return flight will depart at night, so will be free for the whole day time. Since nothing to do in the hotel, so i followed my colleagues to a place called Irla, which is at Vile Parle to do some shopping and sight-seeing in order to kill the time. Nothing much special about Vile Parle, just a place where got shopping mall and road side stalls to offer something for you to buy, that's it. Street view, congested and noisy Auto rickshaw or "du du", is it same as Thailand? Close shop for afternoon nap? Fruits stall Tailor by the road side, alteration can be made within few minutes! I think fish will die if live in this river. :p Alphonso mangoes that i bought, very sweet. Only 8 USD per dozen, cheap ho?