Passages

After all of our Spring Break adventures – from Bologna to Berlin and to Prague – my friends and I have rekindled our love with Paris. We were doing so much exploring in other cities that we realized how little exploring we had done in our own city.

I have a huge list of things I need to do in Paris before I leave. On an overcast Saturday with not much to do, two friends and I went to the 2nd arrondissement to explore a new neighborhood.

We went to visit the “Passages” of the 2nd. These 19th-century commercial arcades were built when dark Paris lacked space for sidewalks. They are still bustling commercial areas that are perfectly hidden off of main boulevards. They remind me a lot of the Bologna arcades that line almost every sidewalk. They’re a perfect retreat from rainy Paris and are perfect for roaming.

Looking up

Looking up

A long passage

A long passage

Love old books

Love old books

Some antlers. Why not?

Some antlers. Why not?

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