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Passage Vendome 3rd.
Built in 1827 to replace another passage called the "Jeu de Paume" in a local convent, this now runs between the Place de la Republique and the Rue Beranger and is a short-cut through to the Carreau du Temple, a well known covered market. The passage is slightly run down and in need of renovation and cleaning. Only open from Monday to Friday.
Republique is the nearest metro.
My favourite - Passage Moliere 3rd.
I just love this passage, very short but so much character. Never very many people, gives one time to have a good look. Artists and theatre people are side by side here, even the cinema has its own boutique of posters. The theatre Moliere and the Maison de la Poesie have the same premises but when I was here last I'm not sure that it was still open, although there were posters attesting to the fact. Plus, their website does not respond. Pretty restaurant next door to the theatre but I didn't try it.
Rambuteau metro is the closest.
Passage de la Trinité 2nd.
The "Passage de la Trinité" was opened in 1827 and is parallel to "Passage du Basfour". Also built on the old Trinité hospital and its cemetary. There is not one shop or café in this thoroughfare so has nothing much to attract anyone and is left until the evening when late night revellers use it as an open air toilet.!!!!!
Closest metro is Reaumur-Sebastopol.
Passage du Basfour 2nd.
In the middle ages this passage was first called "No chief Lane" and then "Bas-Fours Lane" and gave on to a plaster factory. Later the factory became the cemetary for the Trinity hospital. Today it is one of the cleaner and prettier open-air passages.
Closest metro is Reaumur-Sebastopol.
Passage du Ponceau. 2nd.
The emplacement of the Passage du Ponceau was originally part of the Passage du Saumon. It was covered in 1825, renamed and re-opened in 1826. Ponceau meant "the small bridge that crosses the gutter. The open-air gutter in question was in rue St. Denis.
Typical of some of the passages in the Sentier area, it is full of textile wholesalers.
Closest to the Reaumur-Sebastopol metro.
Passage Sainte Foy 2nd.
This passage is rather difficult to follow as it has two or three levels, also makes one feel apprehensif, as the district around here is not the best and it's not very well lit. History tells us it was rebuilt in 1813, doesn't seem to have been repainted since then.
Closest metro is at St. Denis or Reaumur-Sebastopol.
Passage du Prado 10th
This passage opened in 1785 and originally called "Passage du Bois de Boulogne" is on e of the rare Parisian passages to have a dog-leg in the passage. Covered in 1925 and re-baptised "Passage du Prado" in 1930 it is one of the most cosmopolitan of passages. A turkish pizzeria ??? and tea-shop mingles with an Indian barber and a Pakistani patisserie.
Nearest metro is St. Denis.
Passage de l'Industrie 10th.
The "Passage de l'Industrie" is only 108 metres long, full of wholesalers for hairdressers, but unfortunately has acquired the reputation as a local toilet. The sign on the left in the photo does say " Forbidden to urinate and to leave rubbish" but the right hand side of the photo shows what some people think of this......!!!
Chateau d'Eau is the closest metro.
Passage du Marché 10th.
Also known as the "Passage du Marché St. Martin" this is a quiet calm passage and is just around the corner from "the smallest house in Paris" at 39 rue du Chateau d'Eau. Quiet street café for a café/croissant in the morning and a superbly coloured "Kosher" butchers shop.
Chateau d'Eau is the nearest metro.
Passage Brady, 10th.
Passage Brady is is one of a couple of covered passages in this area, although one half is uncovered. Constructed in 1828, it is now very well known for its Indian restaurants and grocers.
Passage Brady is quite close to Chateau d'Eau and St. Denis metro stations.
Passage du Desir. 10th.
This passage used to be called "Passage du Puits" "Passage of the well" until a local hotel, more used to different types of activity, gave its name today, "Passage du Desir""Passage of Desire". It is a private passageway today closed by an iron grill.
Metro Chateau d'Eau is a couple of hundred metres away. Be warned, this is not the most reputable part of Paris, but safe during the day.
Boulevard Haussmann - Galeries Lafayette (2003)
What are Galeries Lafayette in boulevard Haussmann? A big shopping mall for fashion lover, of course! Not only. More important, they are a temple of Art Nouveau: an explosion of coloured stain glasses that culminates in the dome, built in 1912 along with Art-Nouveau staircases.
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Before the shopping malls ... the Passages
The idea of providing protected shopping 'centers' is as old as trading : no one wants the goods to be ruined or the potential custommer deterred by weather conditions. The form may differ depending on the era and the country but such places always and everywhere exist(ed), be they souks, covered markets or shopping malls.
While the wooden galeries du Palais Royal, built in 1786 and destroyed since, are considered as the parisian galeries prototype, the real expansion of the concept occured in the first half of the19th century.
More than 30 passages or galeries have been built since and most of them still exist, each of them having its own personality: from the luxuous shops in Galerie Vivienne and Colbert to the simple passage way like Passage Dauphine, from the fashion designers haunt in Passage du Grand Cerf to the little Indian/Pakistan restaurants' collection in the shaddy Passage Brady; including the more 'classical' Passage Verdeau, Passage Jouffroy and Passage des Panoramas.
After a quasi-disapearance during the 2nd empire (overshadowed by the new 'Grands Magasins'), they found a second youth at the end of the 20th century and continue to change : the Passage du Havre has been renovated and turned into a modern mini-mall, new passages have even been created like the marche Saint Honore (hosting furniture designers)...
But they all have some things in common, the light and the sounds: due to their glass roofs, the natural light, even filtered through pebble-glass differs from any sort of man-made light, and they retain this incredible quality of peace due to muted sounds.
Some more photos here
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XIXth - The "villas"
Unbelievable, but true : Paris is a sum of small villages... You already know about Le Marais, La Butte aux Cailles, Montmartre and Les Batignolles ? Now, meet... the villas of the 19th district... These "villas" are some small alleys on each side of which are settled small but typical french houses... The foliage even gets over the fences to render a feeling of southern closeness....
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XVIIIth - Surprise in Pigalle...
As I was wandering around Pigalle (unduly called the red district by my VT fellow Captainamerica), I've discovered a private passage that leads directly to this magnificent facade... No way a parisian may imagine such a beautiful architecture in such a "nasty" area !!!
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