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hunting inexpensive warm clothes for women and 12 year olds

we are taking our 12 year twins to paris next week.they have done a lot of Italy,Spain and UK.they are not hugely excited about sight seeing.they would love to shop.we are coming from a warm tropical city and with out appropriate warm clothes.will land and go shopping for warm clothes right away.this is making me not only nervous but also confused.i am told its dredfully cold and this is a wrong time to find warm clothes as the stores are selling next seasons.i need ideas,advise and tips where to go in paris for warm stuff and what kind of activities can we do with the 12 year olds.all tips are wellcomed.

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1. Re: hunting inexpensive warm clothes for women and 12 year olds

Cold Paris, I am sure the major department stores like Galleries Lafayette and Printemps (in the 9th district) will still have warm clothes to purchase, even though the sales are over but I would at least buy the children a decent wind proof jacket and a sweater before arrival.

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2. Re: hunting inexpensive warm clothes for women and 12 year olds

There really is not a lot out there that is appropriate for today's weather, even at the big dept. stores. I was a the Clef des Marques on the boul Raspail yesterday and they sepcialize in out of season collections, so they still have plenty in the way of winter gear.

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Clef des Marques on the boul Raspail-where is this and hoe do i get there from e3 where i will be staying.i will have to take a taxi as we 3 will be with out jackets.goosh this is making me so nervous..

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La Clef des Marques 124 bd Raspail 75006 01 45 49 31 00

Good luck. It is freezing here, literally.

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hi is there any other tip out there that a local expert can give me on how do we organize some quick and good looking winter wear after arriving in Paris on this wednesday?we will be staying at rue Rambuteau, 75003 Paris.

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6. Re: hunting inexpensive warm clothes for women and 12 year olds

Hey cold -

I agree with the poster who suggested that you buy at least a sweater before you arrive in Paris - I'm a skier - and I know that if you can't find warm woolen sweaters anywhere else, you should still be able to find them in a ski shop -- do get wool -- cotton just won't keep you warm - besides, a sweater makes a great souvenir, every time you wear it, you're reminded of good times and adventures.

The other thing you might still be able to get in a ski shop is silk underwear - since I nearly froze to death during a rainy September week in Grenada, I carry a set (top and bottoms) with me wherever I go - they weigh nothing and will fit into my bag no matter how tightly it's packed -- and when the temperature drops they're worth their weight in diamonds --

Also -- don't be so nervous - the weather might warm up by the time you get to Paris - probably not enough to do without warm sweaters, but maybe enough to take the edge off things -- 5 or 6 degrees can make a big difference --

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I really don't know what to tell you. It was freezing this morning and coats will be mandatory, however, ever at the Clef des Marques they are not cheap and this late in the season I saw predominantly ski wear. Not exactly Paris chic, but warm. Is there really no one that you could borrow from?

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8. Re: hunting inexpensive warm clothes for women and 12 year olds

Don't know where you live, but one suggestion is to go to the local GoodWill. Here in Florida, lots of people get rid of their warm clothes so it's a good place to look. Won't be chic but should be warm and not expensive. If you really don't like them, just leave them before you go home.

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9. Re: hunting inexpensive warm clothes for women and 12 year olds

You're presumably spending quite a bit of money for a wonderful vacation for you and your family -- why don't you splurge a little in the name of comfort and just buy a jacket for the kids before you go? I'm not sure why you want to wait till you arrive, but maybe there's a reason.

If you're absolutely determined to buy a jacket after you arrive, if your idea of inexpensive is REALLY cheap, you may be out of luck... but on our trip in July we hit a day or two of cold weather and we bought some cute little "tourist" jackets for the kids. They were probably overpriced, but the kids liked them, we didn't wander all day like zombies looking for a cheap coat and we're still enjoying them now.

I really wouldn't worry at all.

As far as 12 year olds and tips. We took our 14 and 13 year olds and they had a wonderful time. They loved everything about Paris (except for some of the food), but they really loved the Eiffel Tower the most I think. They did enjoy it all, though, including the Louvre, Notre Dame, (my son loved the stained glass in St. Chapelle too). I'm sure your kids will have a fantastic trip!

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10. Re: hunting inexpensive warm clothes for women and 12 year olds

When you arrive rue Rambuteau, go to the big underground shopping mall at Les Halles. It is ugly and tacky, but you'll find everything there. The sales are officially over, but they are still selling winter clothes, don't worry. At Les Halles, there are plenty of independent clothes shops, and you can go to H&M, it's huge, dirt cheap and trendy, they have clothes for all seasons. And as a previous poster said, if the worst comes to the worst, go to a sports shop, such as Go Sport (there is one in Les Halles) or Décathlon: the ski season goes on for another month and a half, so they'll have plenty of fleece, woolen sweater, hats and stuff.