Monday, September 05, 2011

Marie Antoinette was here

Is this a store? Or a museum?
Quebec City, QC, July 2011
About this photo: I thought I'd sneak in a final shopping-themed vignette before the new theme, white, launches at 7:00 p.m. Eastern. Please forgive my indulgence.
The Chateau Frontenac is an iconic hotel on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, the kind of building that instantly takes you back to an era where the finer things were made Right Here, before rollbacks, the lowest price is (was) the law, and extreme couponing. This building is breathtaking whether you're looking at it from across the river or across the street, and that sense of reverence continues as you wander inside and take in every sumptuously historic detail.

Like this store just off the main lobby. I still have no idea what they sell. Or if they even bother selling anything at all. Perhaps it's an excuse to show off the kind of history most other hotels can only dream of. Perhaps the staff here do nothing beyond shushing visitors and shooing them away from the ornate floor displays. Whatever the story, I couldn't resist shooting through the display window before one of them started shushing me.

Your turn: Who shops here?

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