Thank you so much for being patient with my absences. I’m back again, for a while I hope.
The day before I left for Sweden, I had a luncheon at the Brassereie Flo with Carol – “ParisBreakfasts”, at Cour des Petites Ecuries, which stands for the Small Stables Court. Around here you could until the end of the 18th century find some stables and all the equipment you needed for your horses, carriages... It’s actually a tiny alley and you enter it from the Rue du Faubourg St. Denis (at no. 63). Flo is one of the most typical Paris brasseries you can find and it has not much changed since its opening by the end of the 19th century. It has now given its name to a number of other "Flo Brasseries".
This is not one of the more fashionable areas of Paris, but it has a particular charm which you may appreciate. Just on the opposite side of the rue Faubourg St. Denis (no. 54), behind some sometimes closed doors, is another little alley, Passage Reilhac; perhaps not very spectacular, but nice and calm, with some statues and fountains. Now it’s basically a backyard to some restaurants, but it seems that about a century ago you could find a dance academy here (run by Eugène Giraudet who obviously published much appreciated dance manuals which included instructions of “etiquette” and “appropriate behaviour”.)
You can also push the doors at no. 65 and find this small alley or passage. There are many more of them along the street, if you look to the right and to the left and push some doors.
This is where you can find these places (with the Saint Denis Arch of Triumph - see previous post - in the background on the photo):