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Just a block and a half from the Hôtel Louvre Bons Enfants, between rue Croix-des-Petits-Champs and rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, there is an elegant nineteenth-century passage called Galerie Véro-Dodat with wood-panelled shop fronts, black marble columns and paintings on the ceiling.
The Galerie was quite deserted on the evening we walked through (and the pleasant-looking restaurant was closed), but in the nineteenth century this must have been a lively place. Just opposite the entrance to the Galerie Véro-Dodat, on rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau (third photo), was the main departure point for the horse-drawn stage coaches or diligences of the company called “Lafitte et Caillard”, which in the 1820s and 30s developed a solid reputation for speed and punctuality.
As Victor Hugo wrote in his novel Les Misérables: “We flee in the arms of Laffitte and on the wings of Caillard. We dash along at full speed, at a rate of three leagues an hour.”
That would be twelve kilometers an hour in today’s terms, but Victor Hugo would turn over in his grave (in the Panthéon) if he heard me saying that, because he was a fierce opponent of the metric system.
In those days the shops in the Galerie Véro-Dodat used to open at five in the morning to serve the passengers of the first stage coaches leaving for cities all over France. Smoking was not allowed in the stage coaches, by the way, and prices were often quite affordable because of the ruinous competition between rival stage-coach companies.
Location and photo of Galerie Véro-Dodat on monumentum.fr
48°51'45.49" North, 2°20'26.74" East
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