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Paris in January and February is cold, dreary and a bit lethargic after all the excitement of Christmas and New Year. One good reason to make the City of Light your winter destination is for shopping, especially to take advantage of "les soldes". Sales in France are state-regulated and run twice yearly-- in winter (January) and in summer (July). Winter sales this year run from January 11 to February 14. Department stores, boutiques and designer outlets run sales that can reach up to 80% reduction over the course of the monthlong sales period. It covers a wide range of products from clothing, accessories, shoes, jewelry, perfumes, beauty products, appliances, electronics, housewares, furniture and much more. So for some great shopping escapades head early to the trendy boutiques of St. Germain des Pres and Le Marais, to le Bon Marche department store for luxury fashion, shoes and accessories, and for housewares and linen and things nothing beats the selection at BHV. But if you can't make it to Paris this season for the soldes, why not browse the online selection at Galeries Lafayette and Printemps. Happy hunting!!