This is the busy Saint Germain boulevard, in the Latin Quarter. The Cour du Commerce Saint André begins on its north side, behind those trees on the right. There’s a handy Métro station across the boulevard from the Cour du Commerce. It’s the Odéon station, on lines 4 (north-south) and 10 (east-west). Just cross the street as you come out of the Métro. The entrance to this little pedestrian passage is surprisingly easy to miss. The current passage is the same age as the United States (built in 1776). However, it follows an even older path, the old city wall of Philippe Auguste (early 1200s). This is looking north from the southern (Saint Germain) entrance to the passage. This is looking back the opposite way, south towards the boulevard. The passage is purely pedestrian, no cars allowed. One of the landmarks in the passage is this turn-of-the-century bistro, the Relais Odéon. It’s hard to beat for fin de siècle atmosphere. Across the street is this brand new restaurant. Great assortment of ice cream flavors, for almost $US 5 per scoop! This restaurant near the southern entrance serves half-French, half-American dishes. There are lots of quaint street signs in the passage, some very old, some not so old. The Procope opened more than 300 years ago, and is the oldest café in Paris. It was frequented by such people as Ben Franklin, Voltaire, Danton, Robespierre … In contrast, the large Pub Saint Germain is quite modern, and equally popular. The pavement is rough cobblestones, and some of them are very old indeed. There are other shops besides restaurants. The northern end of the passage is covered. This is the view south, from the northern, covered portion of the passage. And this is looking towards the northern entrance to the passage. It opens onto the Saint André des Arts street. There are two restaurants, a bar, and some other shops at this end. Quite an elaborate menu for such a small restaurant! The bonsai shop is a bit of a surprise, but why not? This store has some cool writing instruments and paper, and other things. The north end of the passage opens onto the rue Saint André des Arts. There’s a Mexican restaurant at this end that sells burritos for only $US 17. Let’s just take a quick glance at the passage late at night. There are still people around, even close to midnight. This is actually the rear entrance to the Procope. The bistro is quiet at this hour. And the semi-American-style restaurant appears to be closed. Thank you for watching my video.