Les Passages Couvert
15.10.2015 - 15.12.2015
My flanerie (aimless wandering) got a bit of guidance in a walking tour of some of the many covered passages in central Paris. These delightful, nearly secret--at least to tourists--places hide lovely boutiques, bookstores, restaurants, and even apartments. Many of them have exquisite architecture with archways, steel frames, and glass ceilings. The first passage was attached to the Petit Palais. You could spend an afternoon here just enjoying the large square, the stunning gardens, and the upscale shops under the passage.
The beautiful Galerie Vivienne across from the National Library has intricate mosaic floors, a rotunda, a cupola and decorative details such as painted wreaths.
Galerie Colbert has no shops, but is known for its columns and architecture. Lately, it's been known for being next door to Le Grand Colbert the restaurant which is featured in the Diane Keaton, Jack Nicolson film called "Something's Got to Give." In the movie, Nicholson crashes a date Keaton is on with Keanu Reeves in the restaurant. He ends up eating with them and paying for dinner.
The Passages des Panoramas has browse-worthy shops galore. It also has restaurants with to-die-for aromas permeating the passage. I had plans for dinner so I resisted the urge to eat, but will definitely return to give one or two of them a try.