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Champagne at the Galleries Lafayette and other Paris questions?

Old Jun 15th, 2004, 11:31 AM
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I think it was funny when I read somewhere that the view at the top of Montparnesse was one of Paris' best.
Because you can't see Montparnesse!

If you visit the Opera'Garnier, the Cafe de la Paix is a lovely adjunct...
grace and beauty...just like you'd imagine the belle epoch was...
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Old Jun 15th, 2004, 11:39 AM
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cigalechanta is wrong. Freixenet is from Spain, not Portugal. It is not a champagne but a CAVA, a Spanish version of champagne made by the same method.

By the way, isn't it probable that champagne would be available at the fashion shows at Galeries Lafayette?
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Old Jun 15th, 2004, 12:50 PM
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To help a fellow Canadian save a bit: when you go to Galeries Lafayette take your passport to the information/tourist desk and you'll get a 10% discount card. I do LOTS of looking before buying so that what I want to get will add up to at least 175 euros. Then purchase the items all on one day and proceed to the detaxe office on the ground floor in behind the cosmetics area. it's quick and easy to fill out the forms; again take your passport. At the airport go to the detaxe window before boarding; papers get stamped..they keep one, you keep one and you mail one right there. About 6-10 weeks later you'll get a tax refund of about 12%. They say to go to the detaxe at the airport after checking in and with the items in hand..but I check in after so I can tuck them in a suitcase. And never have I been asked to show the items although they have the right to ask to see them. I've found that although it's nice to shop small boutique-type stores many of them have their merchandise at GL for the same price ; then I save my 10% plus another 12%.

Check the website for GL; you can book online for their fashion show, held Tues mornings.

As to Versailles; so easy to get to yourself. Fontainbleu too.

Have a great trip.
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Old Jun 15th, 2004, 03:09 PM
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JS is correct, Frexinet is cava from Pendes,Spain. Henkell Trocken is from Germany. Neither tastes like Champagne. Cristal is champagne but at 25X at least the cost of your Frexinet. Might I suggest you try one of the Non Vintage Champagnes such as Bollinger, Billecart-Salmon, Gosset, Pol Roger, Lanson, Roederer, Cliquot etc. You can purchase these champagnes in any of the Department store food sections or at one of the Nicholas chain wine stores. When I was last in Paris Nicholas was having a 25% off all their champagne sale. Lavina is a excellent wine store at the Pl Madeleine for a more complete selection of wines. If you wish to try Vintage champagne the 1996 Bollinger Grande Annee and Dom Perignon are getting great reviews. If you wish for more information on champagne you might try to read Tom Stevenson's column at the Tom Cannavan wine pages on the net. Lastly if you want to drink your champagne "out'" you might try one of the wine bars that are sprinkled around the city.
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Old Jun 15th, 2004, 07:34 PM
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Thanks for all the help including the hints about the VAT. As my fellow Canadians know the Euro and the US dollar are almost at par and we have to pay about $1.60 to buy one of anything. It makes our travel very expensive but what the heck you can't scrimp too much on your first time to Paris.

As far as the champagne goes I have had the pleasure of drinking Cristal at a dinner party. Champagne and caviar were the appetizers. There was even a sommelier. Very decadent and not likely to be repeated.

I know the difference between a sparkling wine like Codorniu and a real champagne but it's what the pocket can afford. In Toronto a sparkling costs around $11.00 a bottle and Mumms about $30.00.

I think I would however like to make a plan to have champagne once a day on my trip to France. Maybe I will try a different one each day and save the 1996 Bolinger for the last day.

Thanks everybody.

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Old Jun 15th, 2004, 07:43 PM
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jsmith, I had a senior moment. It is from Spain.
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Old Jun 16th, 2004, 09:33 AM
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I don't even like champagne, but maybe I'll try a wine bar or Bubbles myself on my next trip.

I am surprised Canadians think the euro and USD are equal, but they are not and haven't been for a long time. Currently a euro costs about US$1.22.

Of course, exchange rates don't really mean anything in terms of cost; it depends on cost-of-living and wage rates of your currency, not whether it is one-to-one with a euro.
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Old Jun 16th, 2004, 10:42 AM
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Christina: What Lindann was referring to is that it costs we Canadians $1.37 to buy a US dollar and $1.66 to buy the Euro.
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Old Jun 16th, 2004, 11:24 AM
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Dear Goldwynn,
Very few people realize that as Canucks the exchange rate for the US dollar or Euro makes it very difficult for us. I know they aren't equal but both are very high for us. But c'est la vie.
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Old Jun 16th, 2004, 01:49 PM
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Cigalechanta
With you permission a small correction. Freixenet is not from Portugal
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Old Jun 16th, 2004, 01:57 PM
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Yes, I know!! We went through that with jsmith. I know, it's from Spain. I don't know why I typed Portugal, maybe because I was drinkinfg a porto. And I do know it's not a Champagne , nothing is unless it's a sparkling wine of pinots noirs made by the methode champoenoise from Champagne. Wines,no matter how good from elsewhere, cannot be champagne.
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Old Jun 16th, 2004, 08:07 PM
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I just had a thought that one reason for your wish to drink champagne in France might be due to the possible lower cost of bubbly in Paris. This might not be very true. I have not found french wines to be that much of a bargain in France in comparison to my costs in the USA. This might be due to the fact that I have a pretty good idea of where to get the best prices for wine in the USA but not in France.I have also recently found that European wines of vintage 2001 (sometimes 2002) and before might actually be cheaper in the USA than in Europe because many of these older wines were paid for in dollars/futures before the marked dollar devaluation of the last year or two. You buy these wines now in Europe with our devalued US dollar and the true cost is different. I am not sure what the Canadian currency has done over the last two years so have no idea as to how this might affect you. I seem to recall most NV champagnes in France to retail for E20 to E30 so unless you get a great sale somewhere it is likely that retail champagne in Paris will cost you $30+ Canadian per bottle which does not appear to be much savings for you.
Still Paris is a great place to enjoy French food and wine.
One very nice Champagne I am drinking now is the 1996 Duval Leroy Blanc de Chard which retails here for $30 which makes it a very good bargain for vintage champagne. I think it is mostly Chardonnay grape but might have some Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grape in it.
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