Purim is a holiday celebration like no other
In the early 19th Century, Paris saw the creation of the precursor to the modern shopping centre. By the time time Napoleon was exiled in 1815, a network of covered passageways snaked through the city’s Right Bank, acting as places where wealthy Parisians could get out of the cold to socialise, dine and of course, shop.
Only 18 of the original 150 arcades remain, but many such as Galerie Vivienne (pictured) have been refurbished to their original glory and are beautiful places to pop into for un verre de vin (a glass of wine). The usually narrow doorways to the arcades belie the grand interior spaces that await, and the entrances -- some more well marked than others -- can be hard to find, but once inside you will be transported back through time. (Katie Beck)