Today marks the start of the biannual sales in France, known as "les soldes". They are government mandated, and the French take them very seriously. Considering they wait all year for these amazing prices, I don't blame them! I was originally going to be in Paris during the winter sales, and was really looking forward to some deals. Alas, this francophile will have to live vicariously through the tales of my friends abroad..but I do that anyway, happily. Happy shopping….Vive les soldes!