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At the end of the 18th century, town planners in Paris created a labyrinth of hidden passages across Paris, supposedly to provide Parisians respite from the weather and the unsanitary conditions that plagued the streets of the city. But with the development of a new city plan for Paris – complete with broad boulevards and sidewalks, many of the passages were demolished.

One of the few hidden passages remaining today is the Galerie Vivienne. Built in 1823, it was one of the first to be restored and is one of the most popular passages today as it is the most ornate of the galleries with its neoclassical mosaic floor and glass ceilings to let the light in - all well preserved.

There are little bistros and brasseries inside that offer an elegant rendezvous for afternoon tea, along with a number of upscale boutiques. Worth mentioning is the Librairie Jousseaume, a bookstore that offers both modern and rare old books.

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  • Copyright: May Mah (mayjayne) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 376 W: 23 N: 1134] (7380)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Black & White
  • Date Taken: 2016-12-11
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/0.1, 30 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2016-12-18 3:28
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