Paris is a leader in the fashion world, famous for its high end design. Here, window shopping (known to the French as "window licking") in the bountiful boutiques can be a cultural experience. Department stores were invented in Paris, and they are often beautiful monuments to fine living. The Galeries Lafayette, with its belle époque dome, is a classic example. For more information on the Rick Steves' Europe TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit www.ricksteves.com.