Apart from the winter festivities going on around Perth right now there are also the winter sales, signs announcing anywhere from 25%, 50% and below even better 70% off! In Australia we have Christmas sales, Easter sales, winter sales, summer sales and the biggest of them all the Boxing Day sales.. tourists come and buy up big! In Paris les soldes are restricted to twice a year. There are good and bad points to both.. we're pretty laid back in Perth, there's no rush, if you miss one sale eh (shrugging shoulders) another will be along shortly so there's no real bargain buzz. In Paris it sounds like the first few days of les soldes are a crazy crush and all the good stuff is gone vite then you have to wait until the next season for another. Personally if there's a crush situation I'd rather pay a few dollars more :) how about you? Bon weekend, take care and stay safe..