Built at the beginning of the 19th century the covered arcades were a great architectural and social advance. Places for walking and window-shopping, they bring together art galleries, bookstores, craftsmen, restaurants... We will begin the tour with the history of the shops in Paris before the 19th century. Then we will cross our first covered arcade and will discover a new way of shopping. I will explain you why we created these areas and what they have become today. We will join the Palais Royal which was the first place in the city with shops under its arcades. We will continue with two other covered arcades before arriving in front of the old stock exchange of Paris. Then we will have a friendly stop in a lovely café to drink a hot chocolate or a latte... before to discover four others arcades each with its history and its particularities. You will be able with this tour to discover hidden places of the city of lights and a lot of unique and wonderful shops.
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Hi I am Nathalie. Passionate by the history and the evolution of my city I want you to share in the same and to see Paris from a different way. I studied Art History and Archeology at Paris-Sorbonne University with a specialization for the Antiquity and the Middle Ages. I like to show different ways to understand the spirit of Paris. To me there is nothing like learning by walking and observing. With this tour I want to show you how were created the first shopping areas in Paris at the beginning of the 19th century.
We will begin with the Véro Dodat gallery and its illusion of depth. Then the splendid Vivienne gallery with Pompeian decorations and the Colbert gallery and its magnificent rotunda. We will join the Palais Royal and its garden, the Palais Brongniart before discovering four magnificent successive covered arcades : Passage des Panoramas one of the oldest, Passage Jouffroy, Passage Verdeau and Passage des Princes the last built.
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