THE VIADUC DES ARTS—ARTISANS’ PRECINCT & ELEVATED LINEAR GARDEN OASIS

A section of the Promenade Plantee. Photo, the Guardian

Built in 1859, this former elevated railway viaduct came into Paris from the east, terminating at Place de la Bastille in the 12th arr.  After the creation of the RER A line in 1969 the Viaduc de Bastille became redundant, gradually declining into another example of neglect and decay that was slated for demolition.  Instead, under a bold urban renewal program by the City of Paris in the 1980s, the Viaduc’s fortunes were revived.

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THE BEAUTIFUL PASSAGES COUVERTS OF PARIS

The magnificent ceiling of Galerie Colbert. Photo, flickr

The famous passages couverts—covered passages—of Paris were an early form of shopping arcades, mostly dating from the first half of the 19th century.  By the 1850s, there were around 150 covered passages in Paris, although Haussmann’s massive urban renewal program of Paris saw a number of these demolished.  Of those that remain, some are still dusty and forgotten, awaiting revitalisation, but there are many that have been beautifully restored to their original Art Nouveau or Neoclassical splendour.  Here are just some of them.

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DISCOVER SOME OF THE BEST FLEA MARKETS IN FRANCE

You can find anything at a French brocante! Photo, wikipedia

France is a great place to pick up bargain vintage wares.  If a visit to a flea market, rummaging through racks of vintage fashion, or just the thrill of the chase, hoping to find that diamond in the rough, is your idea of a great day out, then France has a wealth of unforgettable experiences waiting for you, right across the country.

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MUST-SEE GARDENS IN & AROUND PARIS

Cherry Blossom time in Parc de Sceaux. Photo, theglitteringunknown

When we think of great things to see and do in Paris, our first thoughts often go to the world famous monuments, incredible museums, fantastic range of food and some of the best shopping in the world.  Often overlooked are the wonderful green spaces, all of which contribute to all these unforgettable experiences.

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KARL LAGERFELD, CREATIVE GENIUS

Karl Lagerfeld with his beloved Choupette. Photo, hollywoodreporter

Credited as the design maestro who resurrected Chanel from a sure and certain fate of irrelevance when he became art director of the House in 1983, Karl Lagerfeld died in Paris on 19 February at the age of 85.

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