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Today we explore the Covered Passages in Paris and why return visitors to the City of Light should definitely consider visiting some of them. There are lots of them all over Paris, but in today's episode we are discussing our favorites.
These passages are known under many names: "galeries" or "passages couverts" in French. Occasionally they are also called "arcades" or "shopping galeries". No matter what you call them, they are a nice place to go explore on a rainy day!
Elyse explains how they came to be historically, why she likes them so much, and suggests a few you may want to concentrate on because they offer particularly wonderful architecture or ambiance.
What You Will Learn About in this Episode
- What are the Covered Passages?
- Where can you explore the Covered Passages in Paris?
- How French Kings and Noblemen created the Galleries
- The Galleries were the original shopping malls
- Explore the Covered Passages in Paris:
- Passage Panorama (Near Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, 1799)
- Passage Jouffroy (1847)
- Passage Verdeau (think "verre d'eau!", 1847)
- Galerie Vivienne (Palais Royal area)
- Galerie Véro-Daudat
- Passage Brady (ehtnic foods from Pakistan and India)
- Galerie Colbert near the Bibliothèque Nationale
- Passage du Grand Cerf between rue Saint-Denis and place de la République
- Passage des Princes
- Passage de Choiseul (1825, had theaters and cabarets)