BAfter 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 10 of the Metro de Paris.
Its a small line only 11,7 kms long, from east to west of Paris. The first track was done in 1923 from Invalides to Croix-Rouge, which since closed from 1939, stop name after the bishop of Meaux, it became Invalides-Mabillon in 1925,then Invalides-Odéon in 1926, the next line was GAre d’Austerlitz just by WWII in 1939 and then one last one in 1981! Boulogne.
We begin our ride at Porte d’Auteuil, one of my favorites entries into Paris by car. Opened in 1923, in the Village of Auteuil annexed to Paris in 1860. You hve the wonderful hippodrom d’Auteuil for horse racing with obtacles, big race here is the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris. You can see the jardin et serres d’Auteuil; done in 1898, on the old veggy plot of Louis XV, and today provides vegetables to all the city of Paris! The huge dome for palms is 99 meters long and 16 meters high. see at 3 avenue de la porte d’Auteuil or 1 avenue Gordon Bennett. See the wonderful Villa de Montmorency at 12 rue Poussin, it has 24 houses for show biz folks, in one of the most secret places in Paris ,until now ::) You grab a drink at Le Congres d’Auteuil, 144 blvd Exelmans, Le Beaujolais d’Auteuil, 99 blvd de Montmorency. Move over to Mirabeau, open in 1913, the great man who at the dissoluton of the Assembly cry the famous words ” go tell those who send you, that we are here by the will of the people, and we will only come out by the point of bayonnets”, mais after research we found a fake armory that show his double game as spy, he was a loyal servant of king Louis XVI!!! I past here often on the Pont de Mirabeau, while looking already at the tour Eiffel, a metallic bridge done in 1895-1897. You see the Church Catholique Russe de la Sainte-Trinité, the Russian Catholic church at 39 rue François Gérard, after the Russian revolution of 1917 the Russian Catholics found refuge in Paris, The church was done in 1930 as a chapel, Redone in 1960 and finally in 1980 done what you see today. A nice meal can be taken at La Terrace Mirabeau, 5 pl de Barcelone, refine cooking with a nice terrace overlooking the pont.
Another wonderful station we go next, Javel-André Citroên, opened in 1913, it is by here that a factory was done with chemical products that gave way to javel or clorox in 1777, later it was for automobiles until finally closed in 1970; see the parc André Citroên, 13 hectares on the fields of the auto maker.Quai André Citroên, see, also the church église Saint-Christophe de Javel, 4 rue Saint-Christophe, done in 1933, the patron saint of travelers. Here you can take a hot air balloon at the parc to go up 150 meters above Paris, www.ballondeparis.com We are now going to Charles Michels, opened in 1913 as Beaugrenelle, it change name after a resistant figher in WWII killed by the nazis in 1941. You see what I see at the pont de Grenelle, done in 1884, replaced by a metallic bridge in 1984,and by here you see a smaller scale replica of the Statue of Liberty, given to the city of Paris by the American community of Paris in 1885! At the old printing house it isnow the ministry of foreign affairs of France, done from 1538 later replace by cardinal Richelieu in 1640, see at 27 rue de la Convention. Have a drink at Le Lutétia, 49 rue Linois.
We continue to Sévres-Babylone, done in 1910, for the rue de Sévres,and rue de Babylone as they were two railroad companies vying for the lines, it was decided to name them after both sides of the streets. Nearby you see that other great Paris dept store,Bon Marché, www.lebonmarche.com Here you see the wonderful Hotel Lutetia, 45 blvd Raspail, done in 1910 by the owners of the dept store. The sculptures are done by Paul Belmondo the father of the fame French cinema actor Jean-Paul Belmondo. The famous stayed here even the children care for by Josephine Baker. Here the deported to concentration camps from return to FRance were housed and welcome. You see the wonderful, Chapelle de la Medaille MIraculeuse, or chapel of the miracle medal a sister was awaken in 1830 by a child, who tell her to come tothe chapel, make a medal told the virgin, those who wear it, will received great miracles: today weared by millions of Catholics. see it at 140 rue de Bac.Go shopping at the Bon Marché, done in 1838, see it at 24 rue de Sévres. Have a drink at the Bar Lutétia, inside the hotel, or have a great dinner at L’Epi Dupin, 11 rue Dupin, a disciple of Robuchon will serve you great food.
Moving onwards to Mabillon, opened in 1925, see the wonderful place de Furstenberg, the abbey of St GErmain des Prés in 1689; must go to the museum or Musée Delacroix, 6 rue Furstenberg , the painter lived here from 1857 to his last day in August 13, 1863. So he can be close to the church or eglise Saint-Sulpice where he was painting the chapel of Saint-Anges. Go by the vibrant, market or marché Buci, rue Baci, near there at No 27 rue Mazarine you have a passage little known, two more steps and you are at the wall of Philippe Auguste in a parking at rue de Seine! Go to one of my favorites, the L’Alcazar, 62 rue Mazarine, www.alcazar.fr or the wonderful Chez Georges, 11 rue des Canettes, done in 1928 , a bistro of Paris!
We are now in old Paris, Cluny-La Sorbonne, opened in 1930. It was an unused station until to give access to the RER B And C at Notre Dame St Michel it was reopened in 1988. See the wonderful Thermes et hotel de Cluny, in a museum old spas of Romans times, renovated in 1844 and with the arénes of rue Monge rest one of the last remnants of Lutéce frm the 2C and 3C AD. The building is with that of Sens one of the best remaining examples of medieval Paris built in 1485-1498. see at 6 place Paul Painlevé. See the magnificent Sorbonne, done in 1257 AD! rebuilt in 1625 by Cardenal Richelieu, closed during the revolution, and reopened by Napoleon I in 1806. The current look dates from 1885, the chapel was done in 1635, and it hold the tomb of Cardinal Richelieu. see at 21 rue Broca. Get a drink at Le Stop Cluny, 94 blvd Saint GErmain; have a meal at Le Reflet, 6 rue Champollon, great food. We move over to Maubert-Mutualité, Here in 1588 se saw the first support for the duke o Guise, the market of Maubert done in 1547 its one of the oldest in Paris. See the great church or eglise Saint Séverin, 5 rue Saint Séverin, with the oldest bell in Paris dating from 1412!!! The magnificent church eglise saint Julien le Pauvre, 79 rue Galande, just facing the oldest tree in Paris ,391 years old facing the square Viviani, and the church the ancestral burial of the Merovigians kings. Destroyed during the revolution ,the church came back in 1889 as the Greek rite melkite. See the wonderful architecture of the Musée de l’Assistance Publique done in 1934, a hospital museum. See the Collége des Bernardins, 20 rue de Poissy, here the monks from all over Europe were trained,see www.collegedesbernadins.fr You get a glass at Le Village Ronsard, 47 blvd Saint Germain, while maybe going for a book at the famous Librarie Shakespeare & Co, 37 rue de la Bûcherie. See the unique Lucha Libre, 10 rue de la Montagne-Sainte-Géneviéve, see wrestling a la mexican,and constant see the Rocky Horror Picture Show at 42 rue Galande.
We arrive at our end, stopping at Cardinal Lemoine, opened in 1931, honoring the bishop of the Cathedral of Bayeux,and later of Arras. Here you see the magnificent Panthéon, order of Louis XV in 1744 to do a church at the hill of the abbey of Sainte Geneviéve, The first remains to be brought here were those of Mirabeau, Voltaire, Rousseau,and Murat. It was named Panthéon from 1830.see at Place du Panthéon. Have a drink at Les Petits Ecoliers, 32 rue Monge, see the collection des minéraux de Pierre et Marie Curie, 4 place Jussieu, the work of these two great doctor scientists. Come to see for sure the church or église Saint Etienne-du-Mont, at place Sainte-Géneviève, done under François I, finished on the reign of Louis XIII, from 1803 it houses the chase or box reliquary of Sainte Geneviève (patron saint of the city of Paris). Go by the Collége de France, 11 place Marcelin Berthelot, done in 1590 and offfers free courses, without giving any diploma,open to all. Have a pint or drink at the English pub The Bombardier, 2 place du Panthéon, here Woody Allen shot a scene from Midnight in Paris.
Cheers and until readings. Have a great weekend.