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The Hidden Galleries and Passages of Paris

What a fabulous day I had exploring new territories and finding hidden gems. There are many covered walkways or passages in Paris that allowed the gentry to shop even when it was raining.
First I found Galleries Vivienne in Bourse. A beautiful arcade with high end boutiques and cafes. I was enticed to have lunch and quietly sit and people watch for an hour or so...
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After that I ventured in search of another recommended arcade called Passage des Panoramas. Once again a beautiful piece of history filled with quirky shops and restaurants, great book stores and toy shops filled to the brim with every play thing a child could ever wish for!
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I knew there were other passages close by but I didn't really know where they were but to my delight one passage ends and over the road another begins...
Passages des Panoramas was affluent and delightful...
Passage Jouffroy was still enticing but with much more affordable shops and slightly less elegant appearance...
Passage Verdeau was much less pleasant, darker and had an industrial feel to it.
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As you cross the streets you can certainly feel when you have moved away from the trendy areas. All in the same block and only separated by a few streets but the change in mood it creates is quite uncomfortable!

On a brighter note...while I was wandering I ran into a parade!! As I left Passage des Panoramas to cross over to Passage Jouffroy and I saw loads of people waiting outside a building next door. There were police hovering around and I couldn't work out what was happening. I asked a small group of onlookers who explained that the building was a school for 3-6year olds and it was Parade Day! The children had been preparing costumes for weeks and the streets are closed off to allow them to walk around the block to the Mayors offices for a party. The music started and confetti began to fall like snow from the windows above and the children began to stream out through the doors to their very excited families.
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One minute I was surrounded and before I knew it the drums were fading as they disappeared around the corner and all that was left was distant laughter and a pavement covered in colourful confetti!!

I headed back to the designer strip along St Honore and wandered slowly back home having had a lovely day full of wonderful new experiences!

My last day before heading to London I lunched at one of my favourite places...the top of the Printemps store...with the beautiful domed roof and the best Crème Brulee ever!!
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Posted by thewoodsies 03:39

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