Monkeys love secrets and scattered about Paris in the 1st and 2nd Arrondissements are nearly two dozen hidden passageways that seem to escape the crush of tourists in the shops along Rue de Rivoli. These passages were the shopping malls of the 18th and 19th century and at one time there were more than 150 of them in Paris. The ones that remain today have been restored to their original glory and offer a glimpse into the past and the promise of hidden secrets and spirits of those Parisians who walked these wonderful places hundreds of years ago. Mrs. Kongo and the monkey were guided through these secret places where (relatively) few tourists venture by a lovely young lady and student of history named Erell Bernard. Read on for a glimpse into the past.
Kongo’s tour lasted three hours and it was one of the highlights of his Paris visit. Erell recommended a great place for dinner (Le Chalet) a few blocks off the Champs-Élysées on a side street off of Rue de Franklin Roosevelt that was wonderful. Kongo recommends that when you have enough of Paris Tourism that you look up Erell and arrange a tour. Tell her the monkey sent you. If you email Kongo he’ll let you know how to contact her.
Travel safe. Have fun. Keep secrets.