The Passage du Prado is unlike any other arcade in Paris. It’s not perfect, not museumified and it’s not trying to recreate the ambience of another century. It’s grungy, a little run-down and filled with restaurants and shops.
Thanks to restoration underway on the Eiffel Tower, the engraved names of 72 French scientists and engineers from the original design becoming visible again.
Fittingly, in the back of Café L'Imprévu (French for, the Unforeseen) at the corner of Boulevard de Bonne Nouvelle and Rue d'Hauteville is a vintage Grammont public telephone. Further research unveils a hidden connection between America and France during the roaring 20s.
Not with P-Diddy, but just as fabulous? Dîner en Blanc or The White Party, is an invite-only secret dinner party that descends upon a different and very public monument each year.
A public service announcement on how to get to Beauvais, the airport for the budget airlines Ryanair, Wizzair and BlueAir.
BldgBlog recently posted about a door to nowhere in Paris, installed four years ago in the 3rd arrondisement. Complete with fake address, facade, faux business sign and a Parisian-style door with a central doorknob (now missing), it still exists today.
Ten minutes outside the Peripherique lies the oft-forgotten industrial underbelly of Paris: the Seine-Amont. The architecture of the region is a juxtaposition of 19th century industrial infrastructure with 20th century modernity, with a sharp contrast between traditional residential homes and public housing projects.
Occasionally, while walking in Paris one gets a glimpse of the courtyards that lie behind the uniform facades and intimidating doors that define the streets of the city. Reid Hall, located just by the Luxembourg Gardens, is an example of a private courtyard with a mixed industrial and aristocratic history. And, because it's a school - you can visit!
Untapped Paris got a sneak peak into the Paris underground thanks to a few urban explorers we know.
Before I went to visit La Defénse, it remained in my mind’s eye as a looming, monumental structure–an abstract, geometric form with no relationship with its external surroundings apart from its linear correlation with the Arc de Triomphe. I was inspired to take a trip there after seeing the photography of Ryan Southen. In a rarely seen perspective, Ryan captures the monumentality of the Grand Arch from below.