I'm eagerly anticipating my visit to France this September. I've done all sorts of research on hotels, transportation, the sights, etc... But I'm curious about the shopping in Paris. I'm not a souvenir/swag kind of person, and instead like to purchase a nicer item that I can wear/use and will remind me of my travels.
I've always dreamed of a Cartier tank watch and am considering the possibility of purchasing one in Paris. Sure, I can just go down the street to the Cartier boutique in Beverly Hills, but why not buy it in Paris? Well, I've got the Euro rate against me- ugh! But are the prices better in Paris? Also, I'm not clear on how VAT works- would it be to my advantage? I also plan to check out Balenciaga and peruse their purse selection.
I probably won't be able to purchase a watch AND purse, but would like to leave France with one of these "wish list" items!
I know these are rather silly questions, so THANKS in advance for your help!