Nantes is a fairly old city, and growing up in the city centre, I was rather spoiled with historic buildings and landmarks. But of course, at the time, I didn’t pay much attention to them because it was my normal environment.
Passage Pommeraye is one of the historic monuments I’m now rediscovering. The mini shopping mall is a passage between two streets, rue de la Fosse (the lower street) and rue de Santeuil (the higher one). It was completed in 1843 and was a novelty at the time. The design is very elaborate and includes renaissance style sculptures along the stairways.
Passage Pommeraye is closed at night and only opens around 8 a.m. When I was going to school, most mornings, I had to take a street parallel to the passage, which I hated because the narrow alley was steep and always stunk of pee and dog poop. But if I was late, with a bit of luck, I was able to take the Passage Pommeraye shortly before 8 a.m.! Trust me, I ran up the strairs many many times to make it to school on time!