Covered Passages of Paris: Galerie Vivienne and Passage Choiseul
In my previous post, I shared a resource I used to tour the covered passages of Paris. I love the covered passages of Paris. They are like time machines back to the beautiful Belle Epoque era and are perfect for when the weather isn’t. Each passage has its own unique look and feel making them each fascinating to explore. This post will mostly be pictorial.
Let’s start with Galerie Vivienne, one of the most known and iconic of the passages.
The first thing you will noticed is the beautiful tiled floor and the glass ceiling. Stunning.
Be sure to check out the carved wood details above the doorways to each business entrance. Such craftsmanship and style.
The glass covered rotunda floods the area with light. I love peeking through the window panes to see the buildings above.
Le Grand Filles and Fils was in operation before Galerie Vivienne was even built.
And in case you need a magnum bottle of wine (or just a normal bottle size), you can visit their wine cellar which opened in 1880.
Next on the tour is Passage Choiseul, one of the longest passages – all glass covered.
Once the interior was lit by gaslights…with very little ventilation.
That glass ceiling!
I couldn’t resist taking a picture of this funny plaque in a store window.
The next post will include three more covered passages: Passage des Panoramas, which turned out to be one of my favorites, Passage Jouffroy and Passage Verdeau.
If you find yourself in Paris when the weather is rainy or cold or both, take a few hours and explore these passages to the past. You may even find some great items to take back as souvenirs.
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