Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Passage de l'Ancre

For a central location, the area around the apartment has more than its share of charm. Turn right out of the front door and right again, and in 30 seconds you are here at "Anchor Passage"...
It's a leafy haven of quirky shops that leads onto the rue de Turbigo (if you fancy a cool walk, you could even continue over Boulevard de Sébastopol and take Passage du Bourg l'Abbé which then leads into the wonderful Passage du Grand Cerf).
In there you'll find an umbrella and cane repair shop, a workshop for kids, a PR company, a showroom for shop dummies (!) and the rather great Atelier de Fréd, a cooking workshop that we'll be telling you about more in depth another time.

The history of the place goes something like this...

In the past it has been called Passage de l'Ancre-Royal and Passage de l'Ancre-Nationale, and used to link up with the rue du Bourg-l'Abbé before the latter was shortened when the boulevard de Sébastopol was created. The maritime nature of the name undoubtedly comes from an inn called Au Grand Saint Pierre that was founded there by Nicolas Sauvage. In 1637 created the first public carriages (forefathers of today's taxis) called fiacres. It is likely that part of the fleet was used by the Royal Marines. During the Rafle du Vél' d'Hiv ( a Nazi round-up of Jews that you can learn more about here) in 1942, most of the inhabitants of the passage were deported to concentration camps. After falling into a state of disrepair, the passage was renovated in 1998. (source)
The Passage is well worth exploring, and you can check out a few more photos of it in our Flickr gallery here.

1 commentaires:

Anonymous said...

Very nice photos and an interesting description. I participated yesterday in gided tour of the Beaubourg Area with a well known paris guide Claude Marti. We visited the Passage de l'Ancre as well. He tol us that even Catherine Deneuve comes chez Peps to reair her umbrella.