Covered Passages of Paris: Passage des Panaromas, Passage Jouffroy and Passage Verdeau

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The covered passage of Paris are a wonderful yet not talked about attraction of Paris. These Belle Epoque era walkways were constructed to keep the businessman and the well to do of Paris protected from the smells and grime of the streets. The passages not only were short cuts between parallel streets but provided eating and shopping establishments. Today, they serve a similar function but are open to the public and are a great way to explore another side of Paris especially if the weather is not so great.

In my last article, I showed you the first two passages, Galeries Vivienne and Passage Choiseul,  from the self guided tour I did. For this article, I will round out the rest of the tour with three more covered passages.

The third passage my friend and I visited was Passage des Panaromas which turned out to be one of my favorites.

The entrance is a bit 70’s looking, isn’t it? While the entrance is not pretty like the others, don’t let it keep you from going in. Passage des Panormas is one of my favorites.

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Entrance to Passage des Panaromas

See what I mean! The inside is gorgeous.

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Inside Passage des Panoramas

 

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Dining inside

Funny story about this one. When I am out researching and gathering material for The Paris Itinerary, I can sometimes miss the forest for the trees. I am gluten free (although when I am in Paris, I cheat a lot!) and I had been following No Glu on instagram but never bothered to look up the location. I had snapped this picture because I thought the place just looked so cute and I loved the way they displayed their photos. Imagine my surprise when I was going through my camera looking at the photos! Fortunately, the place was closed at the time I  was touring around.

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No Glu – gluten free goodies

 

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No Glu window display

 

Sitting right next to No Glu is one of my favorite shops! Outside are rows and rows of old postcards complete with written messages and sometimes stamps on the back. They are grouped by region with an entire section just for Paris. I could have spent hours there! This is a great inexpensive souvenir. I bought a grouping to eventual hang on my gallery wall. We had a chance to talk with the owner and he told us that people find old postcards in attics and storage boxes and bring them to him to buy and then he resells them. He also sells unique and one of the kind (ie expensive) photographs too.

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Old postcards and pictures

We would pull out huge sections and search through to find the perfect postcards. Not only a budget friendly souvenir, they pack easily too.

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Searching through old postcards of Paris

Next was Passage Jouffroy which is built entirely of glass and steel and houses the super charming Hotel Chopin at one end.

Interesting trompe l’oeil but not very charming entrance, in my opinion.

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Passage Jouffroy entrance

Once inside, Passage Jouffroy is very charming and as you can see, still very much in use today.

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Glass and steel construction

All the covered passages have such unique shops and unique details.

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Unique shopping.

 

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Unique details of the past.

I can’t believe I didn’t snap a pic of the super charming Hotel Chopin! I love the idea of a hotel in one of these covered passages.

Finally, we ended our tour with Passage Verdeau and its fish boned inspired glass roof.

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Entrance to Passage Verdeau

The glass ceiling really does look like a fish skeleton!

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The fish skeleton inspired glass ceiling

So charming!

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Inside Passage Verdeau

 

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Clock inside Passage Verdeau

A peek inside an embroidery shop.

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Busy working

That’s it. There was one more on the walking tour but we opted to end with this passage. I found the covered passages to be so charming and each very unique in style. If you have some time, stroll through these covered passages and soak up the history and ambiance.

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Bises (kisses),
Kimberly

Arrival day in Paris: Check-in then check out…your Parisian neighborhood

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The more I travel, the more I like to have a “settle in” day. Time to check into my lodging, unpack my things and take it easy before really getting out there to site-see. I also have the worst time with jet lag so taking it easy on arrival day really helps me enjoy the rest of my trip. But, like everyone else, I don’t want to miss a day in Paris so to help beat jet lag and see the beautiful city, on my first day in Paris I like to explore the neighborhood I’m staying in.

I’ve written before about how to maximize your first day in Paris if your itinerary doesn’t allow for settling in but it you do have time, I suggest you take advantage of the fact that Paris is such a walking city and stroll around your neighborhood. Continue reading

Exploring The Louvre Museum

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The Louvre Museum can be an overwhelming place to visit and no wonder, it spans over 652,000 square feet with 35,000 pieces of art on exhibit. So, how do you see it all? Well, honestly, you can’t. There is simply too much to see but you can manage to see some of the more famous works of art like Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo.

The Louvre is a series of buildings connected together to form a U-shape and is broken down by 3 wings, 5 levels and eight departments. Continue reading

Exploring the Eiffel Tower: Breaking down the 4 levels

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Eiffel Tower seen from the Seine River

It is AMAZING how one monument can have so much to see! My advice is to not rush through your visit but take time to enjoy it all.

However, if you are like most people visiting Paris, you probably have so much to see but so little time. Here is a quick overview of each level so you can choose what fits your itinerary. Continue reading