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Paris - Ile De France

Les Arcades des Champs-Elysees entrance

Les Arcades des Champs-Elysées – Lido

Les Arcades des Champs-Elysées, a luxury indoor shopping gallery at nos76-78, is also known as Arcades du Lido, as it used to access the cabaret

Orchids nursery near Paris

Orchids nursery 20km south-east of Paris

A visit off the beaten track, 20km east of Paris, to a family of horticulturists who have grown and selected hundreds of orchids varieties for 127 years

Fleur de Lys - yellow iris

Fleur de Lys – French monarchy’s emblem

The Fleur de Lys, the official emblem of the kings of France from 1150 to 1830, is not a lily but a yellow iris represented in a stylized form

Passage du Bourg l'Abbé

Passage du Bourg l’Abbé – Covered gallery

Passage du Bourg l’Abbé, one of the few remaining covered galleries built in Paris during the 19th century, is today listed as a historic monument

Petit Cimetiere du Calvaire in Montmartre - Sacre-Coeur in the background

Petit Cimetiere du Calvaire in Montmartre

The Petit Cimetiere du Calvaire flanks the northern side of St-Pierre-de-Montmartre Church and opens once a year on November 1st since its closure in 1831

Saint-Marcel Church in Paris

Saint-Marcel – Paris patron saint

Saint-Marcel, one of the three patron saints and 9th Bishop of Paris, is known for his miracles which include defeating a dragon that terrorized the city

Sainte-Genevieve patron saint of Paris - Ste. Genevieve shrine in St. Etienne du Mont Church

Sainte-Genevieve – Paris patron saint

Sainte-Genevieve became the patron saint of Paris after encouraging the Parisians to resist and stopped Attila and his Huns from invading Paris in 451AD

Square du Temple

Square du Temple – Quartier du Temple

Square du Temple, a public garden landscaped in 1865 on the site of the palace and outbuildings of the fortified monastery built by the Knights Templar

Carreau du Temple after renovation

Carreau du Temple – Quartier du Temple

Carreau du Temple, a covered market built in the Marais in 1811, today fully restored and converted into a multipurpose cultural and exhibition venue

Saint-Denis, patron saint of Paris

Saint-Denis, the patron saint of Paris

The legend of Saint-Denis, the first bishop of Paris who was martyred during the 3rd century and became one of the three patrons saints of the city

Fontaines de Pol Bury in the Palais-Royal

Fontaines de Pol Bury – Palais-Royal – Paris

The Fontaines de Pol Bury, or Spherades, two contemporary fountains consisting of stainless steel spheres, on permanent exhibition in the Palais Royal

Colonnes de Buren in Palais-Royal

Colonnes de Buren – Palais-Royal – Paris

The Colonnes de Buren, officially known as Deux Plateaux, a highly controversial art work on permanent exhibition in the Cour d’Honneur of the Palais-Royal

Paris covered passages

Covered passages, gateways to the Paris of yesteryear

Discover Paris covered passages, pedestrian shopping arcades nestled under elegant glass roofs and charming witnesses of 19th century architecture
Passage Puteaux in Paris

Passage Puteaux, Paris shortest covered passage

Passage Puteaux, Paris' shortest covered passage and former shopping arcade, is today a short-cut between 2 streets in the Madeleine District
Passage des Deux Pavillons in Paris

Passage des Deux Pavillons, a short cut to Palais-Royal

Passage des Deux Pavillons, a tiny passage named after the pavilions that frame it, serves as short-cut between the Palais-Royal and Rue Vivienne
Passage des Princes - Cupola and entrance on Boulevard des Italiens

Passage des Princes, the haunt of video games and models

Passage des Princes, the last covered shopping arcade built in the 19th century, was fully renovated and is today the haunt of video games and models stores

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