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Secret Parisian spaces


There are the passages in Paris, arcaded walkways between buildings or blocks that house a host of businesses. There are also the weird little spaces that are shortcuts to places only the locals know.

One of the beauties of being really curious and a foreigner is that if I see an open door to a cool-looking place, I’ll walk right through it and see where it leads. Sometimes I startle people and have to play the “silly me, I’m so lost” card, but usually, these places are totally devoid of people and are really glorious.

Here’s a series of outdoor hallways I found off the Rue de Belleville one day, near the Jourdain métro stop. Leave it to the French to have grapes growing like weeds in the middle of the city!

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Author: le cul en rows

I'm an American Spaniard, living in France. I like to tell stories.

4 thoughts on “Secret Parisian spaces

  1. Too funny, we went walking in this area on Sunday and this morning post on my blog is about the area though not specifically about the passages. We did see a few of these narrow alleyways and walk through a few of them. They are very nice.

    I think I have read somewhere that when Belleville was an independent commune (village), it had a few vineyards so I am not surprised to see grapes in the area. There is still a working vineyard at Montmartre and there is an harvest festival every year in October but I am certain you already know about it. We couldn’t go this year because we were out of town. We will make an effort to be in town next year.

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