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Precursor to the shopping mall, covered passages, with glass ceilings, marble walls, and mosaic floors, were a place for well-heeled Parisians of the early 19th century to gather. Passage du Grand Cerf is on the must-see list.

The French seem to be the masters of the hidden courtyard...particularly in Paris and sometimes it would seem that every second doorway leads to a surprise destination. This passageway had me swooning...for the pavé stones, for the distressed wooden panelling, for the massive painted doors, for the ornate cornices, for the oversized black lettering and last but not at all least for the treasure filled antique shops. From blog, French Essence.

Success! I used healthy whole grain bread, laughing cow cheese and didn't have the sesame seeds or poppy seeds. Very delicious! French peasant bread layered with ricotta, avocado, grape tomatoes, onion, toasted sesame and poppy seeds, lemon zest and olive oil.

La tarte au chocolat et sa forêt de sapins | Carnets Parisiens