Stories of Line 8, Metro de Paris

After having worked in Paris, and living nearby for 8 years, I am amaze at the number of people coming from places where there is no subway.metro:tube and gladly jump in into the Paris metro and rave about it back home. Like it was a tourist attractions; well I like to tell some historical stories of the Paris metro, (check back in the blog for some other stories written before). I will try to write a bit on each line ,sort of like an historical anecdote rather than photos, maybe one if can find it. The story is the important thing here.

Paris has 14 metro lines so far, and it was not the first one to have one. It all started with the idea of hosting the Universal Expo of 1900, so to be ready work on the metro began in 1897. Tonite I will talk about line 8 of the Metro de Paris.

This line link Balard at the southwest to Crétéil-Préfecture in the southeast. The line lines were opened from 1913; it is unique that it crosses two bodies of water the Seine and the Marne rivers. Seine underground and the Marne most above ground.

We get our headgear going at Balard, opened in 1937, and here we have the parc André Citroên opened in 1992, with 13 hectares, at the site of the old factories of automobile maker Citroên, start by 56 rue Balard,quai André Citroên, see the nice Cafe Balard, at 3 place Balard for a drink, and take your kids as mine did to Aquaboulevard, a huge aquatic park actually the biggest in Europe! 7000 sq meters of it, at 4 rue Louis Armand off the peripherique, also see Paris from above at the hot air balloon at the parc André Citroên going up to 150 meters www.ballondeparis.com  Move over to Commerce, named after the rue de commerce, in the old village of Grenelle annexed to Paris in 1860. The great place du Commerce, and the lovely rue violet ,see the firehouse at no 6 place Violet done in 1824.The square Violet open in 1876 with a nice music kiosk and the rue de l’eglise with great architecture see angle of place Etienne Pernet the church of Saint Jean Baptiste de Grenelle done in 1905. See the resto Le Commerce, 80 rue du Commerce, the many quaint shops along the rue,and the famous Cafe du Commerce at 51 rue du Commerce in three floors open in 1921 and still a classic,one of my favorites.

We move in towards the Seine at La Motte-Piquet-Grenelle, opened in 1906, , see the wonderful village Suisse done from the universal expo of 1900 now with 150 antique shops at 78 avenue de Suffren,try the wonderful resto Au Dernier Métro at 70 blvd de Grenelle, La Gauloise,59 ave de la Motte-piquet, and Le Pere Claude, 51 avenue de la Motte-Piquet, plus my favorite 7éme vin at 68 ave de Suffren. We reach the Ecole Militaire, opened in 1913, it is located at the location of a great rock limiting the rue Cler and the rue Saint Dominique and serve as frontier between abbey of Saint Geneviéve, and abbey of Saint Germain. See the magnificent Ecole Militaire, created by Louis XV in 1750, one of its most famous cadres was Napoleon Bonaparte in 1784, now its a war school from 1878; at 1 pl Joffre, move over the nice lawns at Champ-de-Mars when in 1765 it was done as field of manouvers for the military; it was here that the party of the Federation (republic after the revolution) was held on July 14, 1790. The nice walks here around rue Cler and its small market, the architecturally wonderful Avenue Rapp, with its fontaine de Mars, and Rue Saint Dominique (one of the streets that change the most of names from chemin des Treilles, 1433, Chemin Herbu o chemin Herbu des Moulins a vent 1523, Chemin et chemin des vaches 1542, finally in 1631 she is named Saint Dominique. Have a drink at the La Terrasse du 7é, 2 place ecole militaire, the wonderful hams of Spain at Bellota Bellota, 18 rue Jean Nicot, La Fontaine de Mars historic at 129 rue saint Dominique, Le Bistrot du 7é at 56 blvd de la Tour-Maubourg, Cafe du Marché, 38 rue Cler. We go over nearby to Invalides, now linking the metro and the RER C plus the aerogare Air France. See Les Invalides, from 1670Louis XIV try to improve the care of the soldiers,  this was the result, enough said.  Hotel des Invalides, to care for the wounded soldiers and still has some care for here. The Eglises du Dome et Saint Louis des Invalides, two wonderful churches.  At the Dome, rest Napoleon Iér, at Place Vauban. One of my favorites places is the Esplanade des Invalides, by the canons, and Cafe de l’Esplanade. Walk over the pont Alexandre III, given by the tzar of Russia,Nicolas II son of  Alexandre III to celebrate the Franco-Russian alliance. The long Rue de l’Université of 2,7 kms long;due to the University of Paris from the 12C, get a nice glass at the Cafe des Ministeres, 83 rue de l’Université, see the wonderful musée de l’Armée at 129 rue de Grenelle, the Historial Charles de Gaulle at the Invalides, entered by cour d’honneur ,aile d’Orient. A nice place for a meal with good wine is at Le Petit Bordelais,22 rue Surcouf. Under the bridge Alexandre III see the nightclub Le Showcase, big electronic, and the golden youth of Paris. www.showcase.fr

Now come over to my shopping area and we stop at Madeleine, a small quarter became the Ville l’Ev&que or bishops town, and its chapel was dedicated to Sainte Madeleine in the 13C in reference to Marie-MAdeleine. She cry on the foot of Christ and from that in French we have the expression “pleurer comme un madeleine” or cry like a madeleine. The line was opened in 1913. The church was begun in 1764, in 1805 the emperor Napoleon made into a temple, where it was finish like a Greek temple in 1806. The luxurious Place Vendome, a giant statue of louis XIV, destroyed by the revolution in 1792, Napoleon rebuilt a tower to honor his triumph at Austerlitz; around it you have the hotel Ritz where Coco chanel and Charlie Chaplin hangout as well as a guy name Ernest Hemingway and the bloody mary drink was created here.  Have a drink at Le Paris London,16 place Madeleine, shop at Hediard,and Fauchon, as well as SEvigné, Lavinia, and my shops of Daniel Hechter, Daniel Cremoux, Milano, etc etc. Underneath the church try the magnificent Le Foyer de la Madeleine entered at 14 rue de Suréne,side of store Fauchon, behind the flower shops. See the collection 1900 de Pierre Cardin at Maxim’s 3 Rue Royale.

Moved right alone to Richelieu-Drouot,  opened in 1931, where a monument to railroad workers who died in WWI in a black marble. The wonderful boulevards ,blvd des Italiens, the most chic in the 19C The siege of my bank BNP  is here at the maison dorée which in the 19C it housed the Cafe Hardy at No 20, next to cafe Riche at no 16, and ice cream maker Tortoni at No 22 facing Credit Lyonnaise at No 17. See the Passage des Princes opened in 1860 5 blvd des italiens, the most recent of the passages of Paris. The wonderful Opéra-Comique one of the oldest theatrical and music halls of France done under Louis XIV in 1714.It reopen in 2005 under a for theatrical shows, 1 place Boieldieu, www.opera-comique.com  Have a glass at Le Cardinal, 1 blvd les Italiens, A la mere de famille, the oldest chocolate shop in Paris from 1761! at 35 re du Faubourg-Montmartre. The Aux Lyonnais, real bouchon of lyon since 1890 here at 32 rue Saint-Marc.

Moved right over to the Grands Boulevards, it was called Montmartre then Rue Montmartre and finally the current name in 1998! See the wonderful passage des panoramas,the oldest from 1799 between Bourse and Opéra. In 1816 gaslights were installed and other galleries annexed in 1830  such as Saint marc, Des Variétés, de la Bourse,Feydeu,and Montmartre. Entrance by 11 blvd Montmartre or 151 rue montmartre or 6-8 rue Saint  marc or 50 rue Vivienne. Go over to Passage Jouffroy done in 1847, and the site of the wax museum or musée Grévin, entrance at 10-12 blvd Montmartre or 9 rue de la Grange-Batéliére. Continue on to Passage Verdeau, lots of musical instruments and post cards stores at the extension of passage Jouffroy or by the 4 rue de la Grange-Batéliére. See here the theatre des Variétés from 1807, 7 blvd Montmartre,Theatre des Nouveautés from 1921 at 24 blvd Poissonniére, Max LInder Panorama,  from 1914 one of the emblematic cinema houses of Paris. same address. Musée de la Franc-Maçonnerie or free masons museum  from 1889 at 16 rue Cadet; see the great Chez Carmen , 53 rue Vivienne, for dancing and party until wee hours, as well as the Social Club, 142 rue Montmartre DJ concerts in Paris at its best.

We go away to Bonne Nouvelle, opened in 1931 , see the Cité Bergére, architecture marvel at 6 rue du Faubourg-Montmartre to 23 rue Bergére. a romantic walk over to Cité de Trévise, from 18 rue Richer out 7 rue Bleue, neo rennaissance architecture. The famous Folies Bergére  the first music hall of France at 32 rue Richer, Grand Rex, from 1932 after the radio music hall of NYC renovated in 1981 and it has the biggest screen in France at 1 blvd Poissonniere, For night partying try the Rex Club at 5 blvd Poissonniere and for a nice glass of beer try Le Pompon, 39 rue des Petites-Ecuries. Moving towards older Paris is the Strasbourg-Saint Denis, opened in 1908, first named boulevard saint denis, and later added the other boulevard. The nice things to see here is the magnificent Porte Saint Denis, done in 1672 at angle of rue du Faubourg Saint Denis and Grands Boulevards, and the Porte Saint Martin, done in 1674, at angle of rue Saint Martin,and rue Faubourg Saint Martin and grands boulevards blvd saint martin and saint denis.  You have many theaters here such as Comedy Club(42 blvd Bonne Nouvelle), theatre Antoine(14 blvd de Strasbourg),and  Theatre de la Renaissance(20 blvd Saint Martin). The walks here are superb along blvd Saint Denis, going down to gare du nord train station, and the little India area by the passage Brady. At Faubourg Saint Martin, you have many ready to wear stores and African hairdressers. Have a drink or meal at Chez Jeannette, 47 rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, great ambiance, and then go over one of my favorite New Morning concert hall at 7 rue des Petites-Ecuries www.newmorning.com

Moving around you get to Filles du Calvaire, opened in 1921, from a congregation of daughters of the calvary founded at Poitiers in 1617. You see here the Cirque d’HIver, built in 1851 one of the most magnificent circus. 110 rue Amelot. The wonderful still under renovation, Musée Picasso, at 5 rue de Thorigny in the old hotel Salé of 1659,housing one of the most inclusive collection of the master. you can shop at Merci, 111 blvd Beaumarchais, a charity store what you buy here goes back to charity in 3 floors of stuff; have a glass at LE Progrés, 1 rue de Bretagne, and indulge yourself at the Marché des Enfants-Rouge, 39 rue de Bretagne, it was an orphanate of kids that wre all dressed in red thats why the name after it was converted into a market. You can something exotic at Cuba Compagnie at 48 blvd Beaumarchais.  Move on to Chemin Vert, opened in 1931, You are close to the magnificent Place des Vosges, named after the department that first paid the taxes after the revolution, the old name of the plaza was that of place royale in 1622.Before Vosges it was call the place des Fédéres and in 1800 took the current name. Around the plaza is gorgeous, and a must see, see rue Payenne, rue de Francs-Bourgeois , . You can have a drink here at Cafe Hugo, 22 pl des Vosges or Ma Bourgogne, 19 pl des Vosges, and my favorite Carette, 25 pl des Vosges. See the wonderful maison de Victor Hugo at 6 place des Vosges in the old hotel mansion Rohan-Guémenee where he lived from 1832 to 1848, and the museum was created in 1902. Also, the magnificent musée Carnavalet, 23 rue de Sévigné in the old mansion of Carnavalet and from 1989 also the mansion hotel Le Peletier de Saint Fargeau, here tracing the history of Paris.

Moving on to Ledru-Rollin, opened in 1931; see the wonderful wood carpenters and furniture maker street of rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine, one of the oldest axis of Paris. Many inner courts such as cour du Bel Air at No 56, cour des Shadoks at No 71,and cours de l’Etoile d’Or at no 75. Continue walking on rue de Charonne, took to the village of Charonne and from 1860 part of Paris.  nice courtsyards from the previous street coming into this one, at cour Saint Joseph, and cour Jacques Vigues.see the nice hotel de Montagne from 1661 at No 51-53.No 78 houses from the 17C, at No 94 see the palais de la femme or palace of the woman Art-Noveau from 1910 and later purchase by the Salvation Army still today the largest social hotel for women in Europe. Walk into the passage Saint Antoine, Passage Josset, Passage de la Main d’or, passage Charles Dallery and reach blvd Voltaire. Have a drnk and meal at the Bistrot du Peintre, 116 avenue Ledru Rollin, there since 1902, the oldest in the district. Have a blast at Chez Paul there since 1900, at 13 rue Charonne, it has an old telephone cabin from 1940!

We reach Faidherbe-Chaligny, opened in 1931, nice walks around rue de Montreuil, on the same street and see nice working class Paris. The wonderful market Marché d’Aligre at rue and place d’Aligre, a nice meal at Chez Ramulaud, 269 rue du faubourg saint antoine; Bistrot Paul Bert a Parisien institution at 18 rue Paul Bert; and finally reach our end at the Porte Dorée,  opened in 1931, see the magnificent Chateau de Vincennes, done by the Capétiens kings , dammage during WWII, renovated in 1980, still has the highest donjon tower in Europe and the only medieval structure standing in Paris. avenue de Paris, www.chateau-vincennes.fr  See the nice Bois de Vincennes, 1000 hectares of it, you can see the palais de la porte Dorée with a museum of the colonnies, at 293 avenue Daumesnil, and now housing the history of immigration in France museum. See the aquarium tropical done in 1931, inside the palais as well. Have a drink at the Les jardins de Reuilly, 105 blvd Poniatowsky, a nice meal at the Le Chalet des Iles Daumesnil, an island, ile de Reuilly in the park bois de Vincennes, Lac Daumesnil, www.lechaletdesiles.com

Enjoy the 8, nice number.

 

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