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Paris (Born To Shop) Paperback – 2 Mar 2000
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From the Back Cover
"Gershman's may be the best guide for novice and pro shopper alike." The Washington Post You've seen Notre–Dame and had your café au lait–now it's time to go shopping! For more than ten years, Suzy Gershman has been leading savvy shoppers to the world's best finds. Now Born to Shop Paris is easier to use and packed with more up–to–date listings than ever before. Inside You'll Find: The best of the shopping scene, from tony designer boutiques to funky flea markets What's new and hot, from the revitalization of the Left Bank to the trendiest young designers Excellent values, from bath and body to home style Great gift ideas, even for the friend who has everythingplus the best gifts for less than $10 The best airfare, hotel, and dining valuesso you can maximize your shopping dollars Tips on customs, shipping, and détaxe laws Frommer's. The Name You Can Trust. Find us online at www.frommers.com
About the Author
About the Author Suzy Gershman is an author and a journalist who has worked in the fiber and fashion industry since 1969 in both New York and Los Angeles. She has held editorial positions at California Apparel News, Mademoiselle, Gentleman's Quarterly, and People magazine, where she was West Coast style editor. She writes regularly for various magazines, and her new essays on retailing are text for Harvard Business School. She frequently appears on network and local television; she is a contributing editor to Travel Holiday. Mrs. Gershman lives in Connecticut with her husband, author Michael Gershman, and their son, Aaron. Michael Gershman also contributes to the Born to Shop pages. For updates on Suzy's travels, tour information, or Born to Shop Bulletins from over 25 cities, go to www.born–to–shop.com.
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I spend several months each year in Paris. A wonderful city that is beautiful, safe and above all...French. Something which Suzy seems unable to comprehend.
She seems to know little of the city. Street names are mispelled. Suggestions for lunch are directed to overpriced mediocre tourist traps. Stores are noted at addresses that are years out of date. She suggests getting your hair done at the head office of L'Oreal. Suzy???? This is an office building without a salon in sight. Do you take your car for service to the head office of General Motors? She sends to you to a well known Parisian leather shop that has not been at the address offered for years. She tells you to arrive a couple of hours before opening at the St. Ouen Market. She even offers a cute way of pronouncing the name. Thanks so much Suzy. However, arrive a couple of hours early at the market and all you'll get is nasty remarks from vendors who are setting up and trying to enjoy their first cafe of the day.
She offers all the standard silly warnings about subways, pickpockets, "rowdy boys" and dangerous French traffic. The subways are clean, always populated, remarkably convenient and I suppose there are a few pickpockets lurking somewhere; but this is the method of transportation in Paris and I have never encountered one bad incident. I don't know what Suzy means by "rowdy boy". I have never seen one.....nor heard of problems with them. I wonder if Suzy gets out much? Regarding traffic, it's like any big city and appropriate precautions are needed. Things like looking both ways when crossing the street are probably in order. Suzy, I suppose you live in some protected suburb of middle America and are unused to seeing more than a few cars at a time.
Suzy has problems with ATMs and seems to think that the purchase of your Carte Orange is a difficult task that can only be accomplished at one ot two subway stations. As usual, Suzy's problems are remarkably unique.
And most offensive is Suzy's obvious lack of knowledge regarding French manners and society. If you don't like differences Suzy, stay at home and go the mall where you can feel very comfortable at your Wal-Mart.
Suzy says she spends hours relaxing on her bed and in her tub at the Hotel de Crillon. Suzy might I suggest that you spend less time in the tub and a little more time researching your book.
Suzy and Frommer's should be embarassed that they actually published this book. Shame to all involved.
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