As one looks up* in Passage Jouffroy, the iron and glass ceiling catches the eye along with the lamps, ever-present for almost two centuries. For what purpose is that door and where might it lead? Is there anyone looking out over the many pedestrians of the passage each day?

If it seems that I am suggesting it is haunted or slightly askew, I have been reading Deborah Lawrenson's wonderful book, The Lantern, just published by HarperCollins in the USA. A novelist and journalist, she and her husband live in a crumbling house in the Luberon which is the inspiration for her captivating, haunting book. You can check out her blog here.

*always remember to look up

Passage Jouffroy

10-12, boulevard Montmartre

9, rue de la Grange Batelière

75009 Paris