|Amazing mosaic tiling|
|A Prori Thé ....a lovely stop for lunch.... or just a cup of tea...|
|Wine merchant and fine grocer ...outside entrance|
|interior window.... store offers drinks, meals and much more|
Here are some links to a 'melange' of stores found in Passage Vivienne
Bélize ,Si tu veux ,Lettres et Images , Garde Temps , Joyce pons de Vier
Another solid favorite is Passage Jouffroy
|Early photo of Passage Jouffroy, constructed in 1846.|
You can see in the above photo on the right, a 'coiffeur' sign (hairdresser). There is still a hairdresser in residence, being Eric Stipa last time I checked, and it was here that I chose to have my first and only (so far!) hair colour and style in Paris..what a treat!
|'La Cure Gourmande' for the sweet tooths out there... especially 'les caramels salées ' yum yum!|
|Pain d'epice, a beautiful toy store.|
|which sells delightful dolls houses and miniatures.|
Such a favorite that the 'travelling bridesmaids' and I rented an apartment above the 'Procope' restaurant (the oldest café in Paris) in this thoroughfare
|Passage entrance to Procope|
|dining room of the Procope|
|Interior of the Procope|
|View pretty much from our apartment!|
But I digress !!! Back to Cour du Commerce..
The cobblestones (not easy to approach in heels, I assure you) were very authentic.. the passage being opened in 1776.
|Gates leading to Rue Rohan|
Cour de Rohan is a little street that runs off the Cour du Commerce, normally private, there is however a day, I think it is Wednesday, when the public have access to it. This allows those interested to check out
the last remaining Pas du Mule in Paris, a three legged wrought iron mounting block that was used for women and overweight men to mount their mules! This area was around in the 15th century...no wonder I feel like I'm in another world there!
I miss these passages..we call them arcades here in Australia..so next time I am in Melbourne I am going to visit the Royal Arcade in the city, and I will pretend I'm in Paris...
|Royal Arcade, Melbourne, Victoria|
Certainly looks like it has a european feel to it....don't you think? :)
A bientôt, Gigi