A Panorama of Paris

Théâtre_des_Variétés_and_panorama_buildings_ParisAndrea here, musing on research, and why I find it such fun to delve into background material to find all the little details that help to add color to a story. I’ve got a new Lady Arianna mystery coming out on April 6th—it’s titled A TANGLE OF SERPENTS—and this latest adventure takes Arianna and Saybrook to Paris in the aftermath of of Waterloo. The Allied armies have occupied the city, which has become a viper’s nest of international intrigue as Britain, Russia, Prussia and Austria all jockey for power in how to reorder France. (You can pre-order here. And read an excerpt here.)

TofS Cover-finalIt’s a fabulously interesting setting for a mystery . . . I found so many fun bits of color to weave into the plot. The most amazing discovery, which figures prominently in the action, is one I’m saving for close to the release date. But here are plenty of others . . .

Imagine the city suddenly flooded with soldiers from all over Europe—how do you keep them . . . er . . . entertained? And add to the soldiers all the British civilians who at last were free to visit the Continent after years of war. So tourists were also crowding the boulevards, anxious to taste all the pleasures of Paris. Well, thank heavens the city was famous for its joie de vivre. Food! Fashion! Flirting! It turns out there was no dearth of places that offered a sumptuous array of amusements.

 

FlirtingOne of my favorite discoveries is the Place des Panoramas, a serpentine maze of indoor shops, cafes and exhibition which was the Regency equivalent of our modern-day malls! (Though the Middle Eastern and North African bazaars and suks had been around for centuries.) The idea of a covered arcade in Paris began 1786, when Philippe d’Orléans got the bright idea of building stone arcades within the Palaise Royal for shops and bistros protected from the elements (and in the process plumping his pockets with rent revenues.) The idea was a huge hit and other arcades sprung up throughout the city.

P des p 2The Passage des Panorama, built in 1800 on the site of the Duc de Luxembourg’s palatial townhouse, become one of the most popular during the occupation of Paris, in part because of its two massive rotundas, which housed panoramic murals, that drew crowds on their own (for an admissions price!) The large circular paintings are a very interesting story in their own right—and have an American connection!

Robert Fulton, the American inventor, had come to Paris hoping to sell Napoleon his designs for steamboat and submarine warships, as well as torpedoes, to use in France’s war with Britain. Napoleon, who was never a fan of the navy, hemmed and hawed over the idea, and to support himself while he cooled his heels in Paris, Fulton painted scenes of Paris, Toulon, Rome, Jerusalem, and other famous cities, and charge admission to ooh and aah over the spectacle. (Panorama painting became something of a fad in Europe. London also had displays over the years. And while I’ve found no record of Fulton’s paintings, I did come across this sketch of a London panorama for the Battle of Trafalgar.)

Pw4742Napoleon ultimately turned down Fulton, and he prompted decamped to London and offered his inventions to the British—but murals remained, and his business partner, fellow American James Thayer took over the enterprise. Among the many artists who murals in the rotunda in later years was Louis Daguerre, of photographic fame.

The Passage des Panoramas drew large crowds for shopping and dining. Protected from the weather, visitors could linger over café au lait and people-watch, or shop for a wide range of goods in the numerous stores, including books, souvenirs—and chocolate! (Another fun fact is that the Passage was center for stamp  and coin collectors, as apparently a number of shops specialized in those collectibles.) It was the first indoor arcade to be lit by gaslight, which happened in 1817, and the glow at night was said to be very romantic!

P des pI’m delighted to report that the Passage des Panoramas still exists today, with many vintage features still intact (though not the murals.) And one can still stroll through endless arcades, sampling the food offerings and ogling all the items on sale at the shops. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose!

I think I would have very much enjoyed the Regency Passage des Panoramas, though I can’t say I’m a huge fan of the modern-day mall. What about you? Do you enjoy visiting a mall, and the convenience of having so many different shops and restaurants and entertainment venues in one place? Or do you feel . . overwhelmed.

 

130 thoughts on “A Panorama of Paris”

  1. There is a panorama in The Hague, where I live, dating from the 1880s but still a very effective tromp l’oeil even for jaded modern eyes. One can imagine what a thrill they were for people without iphones. https://www.panorama-mesdag.nl/wp-content/uploads/Beeld_Panorama-Mesdag_slider.jpg
    I have to take issue, however, to your reference to “bistros” in 1786. When I started reading your piece I thought “Russian soldiers in post-Napoleonic Paris! The origin of the name bistro!” but apparently even that is a myth, since the first recorded use of bistro is from the 1880s (just like the Panorama Mesdag, hmmm). Still, it makes a good myth. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bistro#/media/File:Bistro!.jpg

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  2. There is a panorama in The Hague, where I live, dating from the 1880s but still a very effective tromp l’oeil even for jaded modern eyes. One can imagine what a thrill they were for people without iphones. https://www.panorama-mesdag.nl/wp-content/uploads/Beeld_Panorama-Mesdag_slider.jpg
    I have to take issue, however, to your reference to “bistros” in 1786. When I started reading your piece I thought “Russian soldiers in post-Napoleonic Paris! The origin of the name bistro!” but apparently even that is a myth, since the first recorded use of bistro is from the 1880s (just like the Panorama Mesdag, hmmm). Still, it makes a good myth. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bistro#/media/File:Bistro!.jpg

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  3. There is a panorama in The Hague, where I live, dating from the 1880s but still a very effective tromp l’oeil even for jaded modern eyes. One can imagine what a thrill they were for people without iphones. https://www.panorama-mesdag.nl/wp-content/uploads/Beeld_Panorama-Mesdag_slider.jpg
    I have to take issue, however, to your reference to “bistros” in 1786. When I started reading your piece I thought “Russian soldiers in post-Napoleonic Paris! The origin of the name bistro!” but apparently even that is a myth, since the first recorded use of bistro is from the 1880s (just like the Panorama Mesdag, hmmm). Still, it makes a good myth. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bistro#/media/File:Bistro!.jpg

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  4. There is a panorama in The Hague, where I live, dating from the 1880s but still a very effective tromp l’oeil even for jaded modern eyes. One can imagine what a thrill they were for people without iphones. https://www.panorama-mesdag.nl/wp-content/uploads/Beeld_Panorama-Mesdag_slider.jpg
    I have to take issue, however, to your reference to “bistros” in 1786. When I started reading your piece I thought “Russian soldiers in post-Napoleonic Paris! The origin of the name bistro!” but apparently even that is a myth, since the first recorded use of bistro is from the 1880s (just like the Panorama Mesdag, hmmm). Still, it makes a good myth. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bistro#/media/File:Bistro!.jpg

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  5. There is a panorama in The Hague, where I live, dating from the 1880s but still a very effective tromp l’oeil even for jaded modern eyes. One can imagine what a thrill they were for people without iphones. https://www.panorama-mesdag.nl/wp-content/uploads/Beeld_Panorama-Mesdag_slider.jpg
    I have to take issue, however, to your reference to “bistros” in 1786. When I started reading your piece I thought “Russian soldiers in post-Napoleonic Paris! The origin of the name bistro!” but apparently even that is a myth, since the first recorded use of bistro is from the 1880s (just like the Panorama Mesdag, hmmm). Still, it makes a good myth. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bistro#/media/File:Bistro!.jpg

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  6. Yes, I think we modern-day people can’t quite imagine the thrill of a gathering place to see and be seen, with food, entertainment and shopping, for people of the Regency era. It had to have been an amazing experience. No wonder such indoor “malls” were such a tourist attraction.
    Thank you so much for the etymology of bistro. (If I had been using it in a book, I definitely would have checked its origin. I used it in the blog as a “modern” writer, describing what we would now call bistros>) I love looking up word origins. They can really surprise you. I sometimes find myself surprised by how old a word or phrase is.

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  7. Yes, I think we modern-day people can’t quite imagine the thrill of a gathering place to see and be seen, with food, entertainment and shopping, for people of the Regency era. It had to have been an amazing experience. No wonder such indoor “malls” were such a tourist attraction.
    Thank you so much for the etymology of bistro. (If I had been using it in a book, I definitely would have checked its origin. I used it in the blog as a “modern” writer, describing what we would now call bistros>) I love looking up word origins. They can really surprise you. I sometimes find myself surprised by how old a word or phrase is.

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  8. Yes, I think we modern-day people can’t quite imagine the thrill of a gathering place to see and be seen, with food, entertainment and shopping, for people of the Regency era. It had to have been an amazing experience. No wonder such indoor “malls” were such a tourist attraction.
    Thank you so much for the etymology of bistro. (If I had been using it in a book, I definitely would have checked its origin. I used it in the blog as a “modern” writer, describing what we would now call bistros>) I love looking up word origins. They can really surprise you. I sometimes find myself surprised by how old a word or phrase is.

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  9. Yes, I think we modern-day people can’t quite imagine the thrill of a gathering place to see and be seen, with food, entertainment and shopping, for people of the Regency era. It had to have been an amazing experience. No wonder such indoor “malls” were such a tourist attraction.
    Thank you so much for the etymology of bistro. (If I had been using it in a book, I definitely would have checked its origin. I used it in the blog as a “modern” writer, describing what we would now call bistros>) I love looking up word origins. They can really surprise you. I sometimes find myself surprised by how old a word or phrase is.

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  10. Yes, I think we modern-day people can’t quite imagine the thrill of a gathering place to see and be seen, with food, entertainment and shopping, for people of the Regency era. It had to have been an amazing experience. No wonder such indoor “malls” were such a tourist attraction.
    Thank you so much for the etymology of bistro. (If I had been using it in a book, I definitely would have checked its origin. I used it in the blog as a “modern” writer, describing what we would now call bistros>) I love looking up word origins. They can really surprise you. I sometimes find myself surprised by how old a word or phrase is.

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  11. You make the old arcades sound so wonderful that I long to visit them. Modern malls are useful, though I can’t say I’m a big fan of them. The problem is that they all seem to have the same stores in them no matter where in the country you are. I want the unexpected.
    Malls do have one great advantage, though. They’re a great place to get in your exercise when the doctor tells you to walk at least a mile a day and the weather outside is frightful. *G*

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  12. You make the old arcades sound so wonderful that I long to visit them. Modern malls are useful, though I can’t say I’m a big fan of them. The problem is that they all seem to have the same stores in them no matter where in the country you are. I want the unexpected.
    Malls do have one great advantage, though. They’re a great place to get in your exercise when the doctor tells you to walk at least a mile a day and the weather outside is frightful. *G*

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  13. You make the old arcades sound so wonderful that I long to visit them. Modern malls are useful, though I can’t say I’m a big fan of them. The problem is that they all seem to have the same stores in them no matter where in the country you are. I want the unexpected.
    Malls do have one great advantage, though. They’re a great place to get in your exercise when the doctor tells you to walk at least a mile a day and the weather outside is frightful. *G*

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  14. You make the old arcades sound so wonderful that I long to visit them. Modern malls are useful, though I can’t say I’m a big fan of them. The problem is that they all seem to have the same stores in them no matter where in the country you are. I want the unexpected.
    Malls do have one great advantage, though. They’re a great place to get in your exercise when the doctor tells you to walk at least a mile a day and the weather outside is frightful. *G*

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  15. You make the old arcades sound so wonderful that I long to visit them. Modern malls are useful, though I can’t say I’m a big fan of them. The problem is that they all seem to have the same stores in them no matter where in the country you are. I want the unexpected.
    Malls do have one great advantage, though. They’re a great place to get in your exercise when the doctor tells you to walk at least a mile a day and the weather outside is frightful. *G*

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  16. I love this! I am France-obsessed and work for a French company and… am going pack to Paris in April for work. I want to #1 read your book and #2 visit this as I have been all around there but never gone to the Passage des Panorama.
    I hate malls…. built after 1920… and I’m preordering your book now!

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  17. I love this! I am France-obsessed and work for a French company and… am going pack to Paris in April for work. I want to #1 read your book and #2 visit this as I have been all around there but never gone to the Passage des Panorama.
    I hate malls…. built after 1920… and I’m preordering your book now!

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  18. I love this! I am France-obsessed and work for a French company and… am going pack to Paris in April for work. I want to #1 read your book and #2 visit this as I have been all around there but never gone to the Passage des Panorama.
    I hate malls…. built after 1920… and I’m preordering your book now!

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  19. I love this! I am France-obsessed and work for a French company and… am going pack to Paris in April for work. I want to #1 read your book and #2 visit this as I have been all around there but never gone to the Passage des Panorama.
    I hate malls…. built after 1920… and I’m preordering your book now!

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  20. I love this! I am France-obsessed and work for a French company and… am going pack to Paris in April for work. I want to #1 read your book and #2 visit this as I have been all around there but never gone to the Passage des Panorama.
    I hate malls…. built after 1920… and I’m preordering your book now!

    Reply
  21. I have a love hate relationship with malls. I do enjoy going to the local mall when I have some serious shopping to do and all the shops are at the Mall. But now my local mall is dying and the nearest mall is about 30 miles away. Now I have to plan what I’m going for and what other chores I can take care of at the same time. Yes, I do avoid malls during the holiday season. If I have to go, I have my planned purchases thought out ahead of time and go during a less crowded hour. I’m in and out as quickly as possible.

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  22. I have a love hate relationship with malls. I do enjoy going to the local mall when I have some serious shopping to do and all the shops are at the Mall. But now my local mall is dying and the nearest mall is about 30 miles away. Now I have to plan what I’m going for and what other chores I can take care of at the same time. Yes, I do avoid malls during the holiday season. If I have to go, I have my planned purchases thought out ahead of time and go during a less crowded hour. I’m in and out as quickly as possible.

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  23. I have a love hate relationship with malls. I do enjoy going to the local mall when I have some serious shopping to do and all the shops are at the Mall. But now my local mall is dying and the nearest mall is about 30 miles away. Now I have to plan what I’m going for and what other chores I can take care of at the same time. Yes, I do avoid malls during the holiday season. If I have to go, I have my planned purchases thought out ahead of time and go during a less crowded hour. I’m in and out as quickly as possible.

    Reply
  24. I have a love hate relationship with malls. I do enjoy going to the local mall when I have some serious shopping to do and all the shops are at the Mall. But now my local mall is dying and the nearest mall is about 30 miles away. Now I have to plan what I’m going for and what other chores I can take care of at the same time. Yes, I do avoid malls during the holiday season. If I have to go, I have my planned purchases thought out ahead of time and go during a less crowded hour. I’m in and out as quickly as possible.

    Reply
  25. I have a love hate relationship with malls. I do enjoy going to the local mall when I have some serious shopping to do and all the shops are at the Mall. But now my local mall is dying and the nearest mall is about 30 miles away. Now I have to plan what I’m going for and what other chores I can take care of at the same time. Yes, I do avoid malls during the holiday season. If I have to go, I have my planned purchases thought out ahead of time and go during a less crowded hour. I’m in and out as quickly as possible.

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  26. Columbia (MO) is a relative small town (although the 5th largest in Missouri — at least until we hear from this year’s census) and we have only 1 active mall. It’s having some troubles, but in general it’s a good, convenient place to shop.
    When we were in the metropolitan New York area we also knew some comfortable malls, so if the need was there we would drive to one of them on a Saturday. Otherwise, I’m not very fond of malls.
    The panorama sounds very interesting, though.

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  27. Columbia (MO) is a relative small town (although the 5th largest in Missouri — at least until we hear from this year’s census) and we have only 1 active mall. It’s having some troubles, but in general it’s a good, convenient place to shop.
    When we were in the metropolitan New York area we also knew some comfortable malls, so if the need was there we would drive to one of them on a Saturday. Otherwise, I’m not very fond of malls.
    The panorama sounds very interesting, though.

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  28. Columbia (MO) is a relative small town (although the 5th largest in Missouri — at least until we hear from this year’s census) and we have only 1 active mall. It’s having some troubles, but in general it’s a good, convenient place to shop.
    When we were in the metropolitan New York area we also knew some comfortable malls, so if the need was there we would drive to one of them on a Saturday. Otherwise, I’m not very fond of malls.
    The panorama sounds very interesting, though.

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  29. Columbia (MO) is a relative small town (although the 5th largest in Missouri — at least until we hear from this year’s census) and we have only 1 active mall. It’s having some troubles, but in general it’s a good, convenient place to shop.
    When we were in the metropolitan New York area we also knew some comfortable malls, so if the need was there we would drive to one of them on a Saturday. Otherwise, I’m not very fond of malls.
    The panorama sounds very interesting, though.

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  30. Columbia (MO) is a relative small town (although the 5th largest in Missouri — at least until we hear from this year’s census) and we have only 1 active mall. It’s having some troubles, but in general it’s a good, convenient place to shop.
    When we were in the metropolitan New York area we also knew some comfortable malls, so if the need was there we would drive to one of them on a Saturday. Otherwise, I’m not very fond of malls.
    The panorama sounds very interesting, though.

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  31. I don’t go to the mall because we don’t have any near us and the crowds just hold no appeal for me anymore. I used to go quite often when we lived closer to one, not to shop, but to sit and watch the people. I could spend hours watching human nature walk by, especially when they don’t realize they’re being scrutinized. 😉

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  32. I don’t go to the mall because we don’t have any near us and the crowds just hold no appeal for me anymore. I used to go quite often when we lived closer to one, not to shop, but to sit and watch the people. I could spend hours watching human nature walk by, especially when they don’t realize they’re being scrutinized. 😉

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  33. I don’t go to the mall because we don’t have any near us and the crowds just hold no appeal for me anymore. I used to go quite often when we lived closer to one, not to shop, but to sit and watch the people. I could spend hours watching human nature walk by, especially when they don’t realize they’re being scrutinized. 😉

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  34. I don’t go to the mall because we don’t have any near us and the crowds just hold no appeal for me anymore. I used to go quite often when we lived closer to one, not to shop, but to sit and watch the people. I could spend hours watching human nature walk by, especially when they don’t realize they’re being scrutinized. 😉

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  35. I don’t go to the mall because we don’t have any near us and the crowds just hold no appeal for me anymore. I used to go quite often when we lived closer to one, not to shop, but to sit and watch the people. I could spend hours watching human nature walk by, especially when they don’t realize they’re being scrutinized. 😉

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  36. I love Panorama Mesdag (recently restored) and take friends there as my grandfather used to take me) because it is unique. The Hague also has a Passage, and I love wandering through , although the last store I remember from my childhood has now closed.

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  37. I love Panorama Mesdag (recently restored) and take friends there as my grandfather used to take me) because it is unique. The Hague also has a Passage, and I love wandering through , although the last store I remember from my childhood has now closed.

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  38. I love Panorama Mesdag (recently restored) and take friends there as my grandfather used to take me) because it is unique. The Hague also has a Passage, and I love wandering through , although the last store I remember from my childhood has now closed.

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  39. I love Panorama Mesdag (recently restored) and take friends there as my grandfather used to take me) because it is unique. The Hague also has a Passage, and I love wandering through , although the last store I remember from my childhood has now closed.

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  40. I love Panorama Mesdag (recently restored) and take friends there as my grandfather used to take me) because it is unique. The Hague also has a Passage, and I love wandering through , although the last store I remember from my childhood has now closed.

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  41. Oh, Susie—I’m so honored that you want to read the book! It sounds like the modern Passage des Panoramas still has a lot of the charm of the original. (I can’ vouch for the shops!) Alas, I didn’t get a chance to visit in person so PLEASE let me know what you think of it after your visit.(The rotundas are long gone, but the present-day arcades look very cool in pictures.

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  42. Oh, Susie—I’m so honored that you want to read the book! It sounds like the modern Passage des Panoramas still has a lot of the charm of the original. (I can’ vouch for the shops!) Alas, I didn’t get a chance to visit in person so PLEASE let me know what you think of it after your visit.(The rotundas are long gone, but the present-day arcades look very cool in pictures.

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  43. Oh, Susie—I’m so honored that you want to read the book! It sounds like the modern Passage des Panoramas still has a lot of the charm of the original. (I can’ vouch for the shops!) Alas, I didn’t get a chance to visit in person so PLEASE let me know what you think of it after your visit.(The rotundas are long gone, but the present-day arcades look very cool in pictures.

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  44. Oh, Susie—I’m so honored that you want to read the book! It sounds like the modern Passage des Panoramas still has a lot of the charm of the original. (I can’ vouch for the shops!) Alas, I didn’t get a chance to visit in person so PLEASE let me know what you think of it after your visit.(The rotundas are long gone, but the present-day arcades look very cool in pictures.

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  45. Oh, Susie—I’m so honored that you want to read the book! It sounds like the modern Passage des Panoramas still has a lot of the charm of the original. (I can’ vouch for the shops!) Alas, I didn’t get a chance to visit in person so PLEASE let me know what you think of it after your visit.(The rotundas are long gone, but the present-day arcades look very cool in pictures.

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  46. I do not like Malls.
    In my area they killed the Mom and Pop stores in the old downtown and now they are dying because the big box stores further out of town have taken their shoppers. I now hope that someone will come up with a new use for these monstrosities. In Holland they have turned some malls into housing for folks with Dementia. They have made them into a little town and residents do not leave the area but have little shops, social areas and can walk around easily.
    I also have experience in owning a family business and being priced out of a mall after helping the mall through its first few years of existence. That is why you only find the same chain type of stores in a mall. – they have the money behind them.

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  47. I do not like Malls.
    In my area they killed the Mom and Pop stores in the old downtown and now they are dying because the big box stores further out of town have taken their shoppers. I now hope that someone will come up with a new use for these monstrosities. In Holland they have turned some malls into housing for folks with Dementia. They have made them into a little town and residents do not leave the area but have little shops, social areas and can walk around easily.
    I also have experience in owning a family business and being priced out of a mall after helping the mall through its first few years of existence. That is why you only find the same chain type of stores in a mall. – they have the money behind them.

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  48. I do not like Malls.
    In my area they killed the Mom and Pop stores in the old downtown and now they are dying because the big box stores further out of town have taken their shoppers. I now hope that someone will come up with a new use for these monstrosities. In Holland they have turned some malls into housing for folks with Dementia. They have made them into a little town and residents do not leave the area but have little shops, social areas and can walk around easily.
    I also have experience in owning a family business and being priced out of a mall after helping the mall through its first few years of existence. That is why you only find the same chain type of stores in a mall. – they have the money behind them.

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  49. I do not like Malls.
    In my area they killed the Mom and Pop stores in the old downtown and now they are dying because the big box stores further out of town have taken their shoppers. I now hope that someone will come up with a new use for these monstrosities. In Holland they have turned some malls into housing for folks with Dementia. They have made them into a little town and residents do not leave the area but have little shops, social areas and can walk around easily.
    I also have experience in owning a family business and being priced out of a mall after helping the mall through its first few years of existence. That is why you only find the same chain type of stores in a mall. – they have the money behind them.

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  50. I do not like Malls.
    In my area they killed the Mom and Pop stores in the old downtown and now they are dying because the big box stores further out of town have taken their shoppers. I now hope that someone will come up with a new use for these monstrosities. In Holland they have turned some malls into housing for folks with Dementia. They have made them into a little town and residents do not leave the area but have little shops, social areas and can walk around easily.
    I also have experience in owning a family business and being priced out of a mall after helping the mall through its first few years of existence. That is why you only find the same chain type of stores in a mall. – they have the money behind them.

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  51. You have made the panoramas sound wonderful. As always, you have given me new information.
    There was a time when I was an industrial strength shopper. Now, not so much. I have enough stuff. In fact, I am trying to eliminate some of the things I have.
    I had a china set, service for 12. I did not like the pattern (Mr Wonderful picked it). Although it was beautiful, it wasn’t my taste. I asked my son to take it because they knew someone who would take it.
    So, I had extra space. Good for me. I saw an ad on a local web page – it was a china set that was from the ’40’s. I loved it. Yea, I got it, but it is absolutely wonderful.
    So, no, not much shopping anymore unless there is something specific which I need. But, apparently I am a sucker for china.

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  52. You have made the panoramas sound wonderful. As always, you have given me new information.
    There was a time when I was an industrial strength shopper. Now, not so much. I have enough stuff. In fact, I am trying to eliminate some of the things I have.
    I had a china set, service for 12. I did not like the pattern (Mr Wonderful picked it). Although it was beautiful, it wasn’t my taste. I asked my son to take it because they knew someone who would take it.
    So, I had extra space. Good for me. I saw an ad on a local web page – it was a china set that was from the ’40’s. I loved it. Yea, I got it, but it is absolutely wonderful.
    So, no, not much shopping anymore unless there is something specific which I need. But, apparently I am a sucker for china.

    Reply
  53. You have made the panoramas sound wonderful. As always, you have given me new information.
    There was a time when I was an industrial strength shopper. Now, not so much. I have enough stuff. In fact, I am trying to eliminate some of the things I have.
    I had a china set, service for 12. I did not like the pattern (Mr Wonderful picked it). Although it was beautiful, it wasn’t my taste. I asked my son to take it because they knew someone who would take it.
    So, I had extra space. Good for me. I saw an ad on a local web page – it was a china set that was from the ’40’s. I loved it. Yea, I got it, but it is absolutely wonderful.
    So, no, not much shopping anymore unless there is something specific which I need. But, apparently I am a sucker for china.

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  54. You have made the panoramas sound wonderful. As always, you have given me new information.
    There was a time when I was an industrial strength shopper. Now, not so much. I have enough stuff. In fact, I am trying to eliminate some of the things I have.
    I had a china set, service for 12. I did not like the pattern (Mr Wonderful picked it). Although it was beautiful, it wasn’t my taste. I asked my son to take it because they knew someone who would take it.
    So, I had extra space. Good for me. I saw an ad on a local web page – it was a china set that was from the ’40’s. I loved it. Yea, I got it, but it is absolutely wonderful.
    So, no, not much shopping anymore unless there is something specific which I need. But, apparently I am a sucker for china.

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  55. You have made the panoramas sound wonderful. As always, you have given me new information.
    There was a time when I was an industrial strength shopper. Now, not so much. I have enough stuff. In fact, I am trying to eliminate some of the things I have.
    I had a china set, service for 12. I did not like the pattern (Mr Wonderful picked it). Although it was beautiful, it wasn’t my taste. I asked my son to take it because they knew someone who would take it.
    So, I had extra space. Good for me. I saw an ad on a local web page – it was a china set that was from the ’40’s. I loved it. Yea, I got it, but it is absolutely wonderful.
    So, no, not much shopping anymore unless there is something specific which I need. But, apparently I am a sucker for china.

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  56. I used to love going to the mall and just looking around and browsing. It surprises me to realize that I haven’t been to the mall in over a year. Most of my browsing these days takes place in book stores and thrift stores.
    Thanks for an intriguing post, Andrea!

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  57. I used to love going to the mall and just looking around and browsing. It surprises me to realize that I haven’t been to the mall in over a year. Most of my browsing these days takes place in book stores and thrift stores.
    Thanks for an intriguing post, Andrea!

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  58. I used to love going to the mall and just looking around and browsing. It surprises me to realize that I haven’t been to the mall in over a year. Most of my browsing these days takes place in book stores and thrift stores.
    Thanks for an intriguing post, Andrea!

    Reply
  59. I used to love going to the mall and just looking around and browsing. It surprises me to realize that I haven’t been to the mall in over a year. Most of my browsing these days takes place in book stores and thrift stores.
    Thanks for an intriguing post, Andrea!

    Reply
  60. I used to love going to the mall and just looking around and browsing. It surprises me to realize that I haven’t been to the mall in over a year. Most of my browsing these days takes place in book stores and thrift stores.
    Thanks for an intriguing post, Andrea!

    Reply
  61. I agree, Margot. Malls have been really bad for small, unique store that help make up the fabric of a community. In many ways, they’ve really been a negative force in modern society.
    So sorry you affected by that.
    Turning the monstrosities into eldercare/dementia communities is a wonderful idea. We need to think creatively like that in this country, too.

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  62. I agree, Margot. Malls have been really bad for small, unique store that help make up the fabric of a community. In many ways, they’ve really been a negative force in modern society.
    So sorry you affected by that.
    Turning the monstrosities into eldercare/dementia communities is a wonderful idea. We need to think creatively like that in this country, too.

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  63. I agree, Margot. Malls have been really bad for small, unique store that help make up the fabric of a community. In many ways, they’ve really been a negative force in modern society.
    So sorry you affected by that.
    Turning the monstrosities into eldercare/dementia communities is a wonderful idea. We need to think creatively like that in this country, too.

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  64. I agree, Margot. Malls have been really bad for small, unique store that help make up the fabric of a community. In many ways, they’ve really been a negative force in modern society.
    So sorry you affected by that.
    Turning the monstrosities into eldercare/dementia communities is a wonderful idea. We need to think creatively like that in this country, too.

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  65. I agree, Margot. Malls have been really bad for small, unique store that help make up the fabric of a community. In many ways, they’ve really been a negative force in modern society.
    So sorry you affected by that.
    Turning the monstrosities into eldercare/dementia communities is a wonderful idea. We need to think creatively like that in this country, too.

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  66. I think you have a good point, Andrea. Thrift stores have that alluring possibility of ‘what might I find?’ And bookstores have books, books, and more books!

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  67. I think you have a good point, Andrea. Thrift stores have that alluring possibility of ‘what might I find?’ And bookstores have books, books, and more books!

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  68. I think you have a good point, Andrea. Thrift stores have that alluring possibility of ‘what might I find?’ And bookstores have books, books, and more books!

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  69. I think you have a good point, Andrea. Thrift stores have that alluring possibility of ‘what might I find?’ And bookstores have books, books, and more books!

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  70. I think you have a good point, Andrea. Thrift stores have that alluring possibility of ‘what might I find?’ And bookstores have books, books, and more books!

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  71. OK I just looked at the map and I’ve performed 2 blocks from this place many times and one my favorite brasseries is around the corner so… I guess this was hiding in plain sight and thanks for it!

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  72. OK I just looked at the map and I’ve performed 2 blocks from this place many times and one my favorite brasseries is around the corner so… I guess this was hiding in plain sight and thanks for it!

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  73. OK I just looked at the map and I’ve performed 2 blocks from this place many times and one my favorite brasseries is around the corner so… I guess this was hiding in plain sight and thanks for it!

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  74. OK I just looked at the map and I’ve performed 2 blocks from this place many times and one my favorite brasseries is around the corner so… I guess this was hiding in plain sight and thanks for it!

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  75. OK I just looked at the map and I’ve performed 2 blocks from this place many times and one my favorite brasseries is around the corner so… I guess this was hiding in plain sight and thanks for it!

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