When I was taking an Eastertime short Paris break this year, I found the Samaritaine flagship store by the Pont Neuf to be closed. Galleries Lafayette was closed too, but the Samaritaine building had a sign up saying something along the lines of closed indefinitely for security reasons.
I was back in Paris last week for a few days and guess what – it’s still closed.
Any idea what’s up with this grand old Art Nouveau / Deco building next to the Seine? On one of my recent Paris breaks I noticed that it still looks spectacular at night from the left bank, all lit up except for the giant letters of the name Samaritaine.