It takes a long time to run errands in Paris. Partly because you’re either on the Metro or on foot. And partly because all the stores are separated out. One store for photo processing, another store for cosmetic-type stuff, another for food, another for housewares, another for shoes. Paris could use a Target. They could also use a dollar store … or a euro store, I guess. The littlest things are pricey here, like tissues and tape. Check out Amazon France and you might faint. I’m just saying, I’m glad I didn’t come to shop. The lift is out in my building, so that also puts the damper on shopping and quick trips to the market. Nothing like hauling something up five flights of stairs to dampen your enthusiasm and appetite.

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