2nd arrondissement


The Arcades of Paris: Passage Bourg L’Abbé

One of my favorite passages in Paris, the Passage Bourg L'Abbé still retains some of the imagery conjured up by Walter Benjamin's descriptions of the arcades in the 19th century. Places that blurred the line between interior and exterior, not just through the architecture but by the nature of the objects on display.

The Dépôt Légal and the Gallerie Colbert in Paris

I came across this storefront today, at the intersection of Rue Vivienne and Rue de Petit Champs. As a New Yorker, I immediately got excited it was a remnant of something vintage, with its signage retained but usage abandoned. But space is premium in Paris and there's rarely an empty spot.