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New York City has its hidden alleys, Paris its passages, and Sydney its laneways. But Lyon, France has something even more astonishing perhaps–the traboules. These medieval/Renaissance architectural gems hidden behind closed doors are part passageway, part tower, part courtyard. Predominantly located in Vieux Lyon (old Lyon), the Croix-Rousse, a hillside area that dates back to the Roman period, and the Presqu’île neighborhoods, traboules are examples of urban architecture that are both functional and symbolic. The official number of traboules in Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage site, vary from 230, as specified on Lyon Traboules to 500.

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Paris has really been pushing the envelope of mobile services (come on New York!). The latest is a mobile barbershop from the startup Big Moustache, retrofitted from a three-wheeled, rickshaw bicycle. Here’s a list of more clever ones we’ve seen recently, that go beyond the now-expected food truck trend.

5. Clasiko Tuk-Tuk, Food Truck

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Clasiko is an Argentinian food truck run out of a tuk-tuk, hearkening back to the days of 1950s Buenos Aires. Clasiko serves gourmet empanadas and homemade helados.

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Paris was once at the forefront of the music industry and dotted with phonographic shops. The project Disquaires de Paris has created an impressive interactive map with archival material documenting 120 years of sound recording, all locations which are no longer in existence today. The list includes retail shops that sold recordings (what we traditionally would think of as a record store), stores that sold phonographic cylinders and other methods of recording (which appeared in the city starting in the 1890s), as well as luthiers who who were among the first to get on board with sound recording.

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Just before dawn on Monday morning, artists erected a sculpture of Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower, atop the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument in Fort Greene Park. Though it’s the latest artistic expressions inspired Snowden, it’s not the first and will certainly not be the last. Here’s a recap of this latest sculpture, and 5 other Edward Snowden monuments that have gone up around the world.

6. Fort Greene Park, Prison Ship Martyrs Monument, Brooklyn

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ANIMAL New York was on hand to document the creation and installation of “Prison Ship Martyrs Monument 2.0″ in Fort Greene Park, and one of the artists, with voice altered in a video, says “It’s truly not just about the bust, it’s about the context. We feel its a continuation of a story that was started hundreds of years ago,” linking the story of Snowden to the many who died on British prison ships during the Revolutionary War, memorialized at the Fort Greene monument is martyrs towards American freedom.

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Art aficionados, culture vultures and unashamed aesthetes flock to Paris to see some of the best art in the world. From world class paintings, sculptures and architecture the city is bursting with top museums and art galleries–however, let’s not disregard what lies beneath the cobbled city streets.

The travel experts at the Paris Pass have gone underground to uncover the true beauty of Paris’ metro stations. From original art nouveau entrances, to cleverly curated platforms, the Paris subway system is a network worthy of much more than getting from A to B! There’s plenty to appreciate in terms of art and culture, so take your adventures to another level: under the busy streets of the French capital.

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Parisians and Paris visitors may recognize this particular Monoprix, a Target-like chain in France, in the Marais neighborhood at Reaumur Sebastopol. But down underneath the aisles are over 150 bodies discovered only when the supermarket attempted to expand, as reported by 20 Minutes and Messy Nessy Chic. This location, on Boulevard de Sébastopol, was the location of The Trinity Hospital cemetery that operated between the 12th and 18th centuries. While the bodies in most burial locations in Paris were relocated to the Catacombs two centuries ago, these were left.

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