There's something very special about roaming around old arcades, particularly when they are well cared for. Little nooks and crannies everywhere. Surprises around every corner just waiting to be discovered.
It's like candy for the eyes with the glorious colors and patterns in every direction. Taking a few steps in a different direction brings about a new view. Taking a slow walk up the stairways brings new, breath taking views.
Small shops with their carefully planned decorations are almost too good to enter. It feels like walking through the door would spoil the fantasy. These places are for looking not for touching.
Time can vanish in a place like this. It can stay still while at the same time disappearing as you enter into a timeless place which is not like anything else. It feels like a secret place, not known by many others. The quietness accompanies the dignity of the building and add to the surreal nature of the visit.
It's hard to leave. It feels like walking out will make it disappear. Luckily we can capture the images both in photos and in our mind. Looking at the photo can bring the memories back. The body can hold onto the feelings, remember the gentle sounds, even the smell of the place.
It's a great privilege to find these places. They serve to remind us that great beauty is never too far away. The busyness of life, the ugliness that sometimes pervades our worlds, the urgency of living our lives quickly can all dissipate in a place like this. If only there were more places like this.