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March 13, 2012

Stories of line 14, 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 metroand 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 14 of the Metro de Paris, the last of the line indeed. We have made quite a journey together, of course, not all the stops, just my favorites, but you get the idea, its grand, its Paris.

This is the most recent line in the Metro de Paris opened in October 1998. It bring together Saint Lazare at the train station to Olympiades. It replaces an older line 14 that linked the stations Invalides to Porte de Vanves and eliminated in 1976 while fusion with line 13. The current Line 14 has nothing in common with the old line. It is the only automatic line in the city, but SNCF is working on making line 1 the same this year.

We will start our journey at Gare de Lyon, one of the oldest station opened in July 1900. On October 1998 it was attached to the new line 14. Here you have the opulent Gare de Lyon, the third Parisien station with 83 million persons per year and linking the south east of France as well as Italy and Switzerland. The tour de Horloge or clock tower is 64 meters high, see it at Place Louis-Armand. You can see the Viaduc des Arts, at avenue Daumesnil, in 1853 a line was given to the old train company Paris-Strasbourg to do a line linking Bastille to Vincennes along the avenue Daumesnil, and the viaduc de la Bastille saw its day, the line was stop when the opening of the train line RER A.An arts center was though out there,and finally the promenade plantée is born linking the line from place de la Bastille to the Bois de Vincennes in 1994 with about 50 shops. This Promenade Plantée, its 4,5 kms long, across the 12émé arrondissement de Paris. Its start just behind the Opéra Bastille at the level of the viaduc des arts, take rue de Lyon until avenue Daumesnil then climb a few steps that takes you to the suspended garden, and takes you all the way to the jardin de Reuilly that is linked with a woodend passarelle bridge, take the lawn and join the allée Vivaldi that takes you to the commercial part, and continues in tunnels by the square Charles Péguy and the bois de Vincennes. This jardin de Reuilly, has a grand lawn encircle by nice trees and host the circus, take it by Rue Albinoni, rue Charenton, or avenue Daumesnil.  Have a glass at the Brasserie La Tour, 193 rue Bercy or have a grand dinner or lunch at the magnificent Le Train Bleu ,1st floor (FR) inside the Gare de Lyon.

Move over to Cour Saint-Emilion, opened in 1998, and quickly see the cour Saint-Emilion, at the parc de Bercy or popular known as the Bercy Village. Great boutiques and restos there, good ambiance at night , . the L’Edeilweiss de Bercy is great for a glass, 2 rue de Dijon, See the unique museum, musée des Arts forains, 53 avenue des Terroirs-de-France, objects collected by a family for over 35 years, all restored, considered the largest such museum in the world. We arrive at the Bibliothéque François Mitterrand, opened in 1998. In the stairs on the lobby of the metro-RER, you see the stair or escalier des signes and escalier des Nombres with carvings of letters of 19 alphabets evoking the diversity of languages and dialects of the world. See it at quai François-Mauriac. See the historical building of the Grands Moulins de Paris, 73 quai Panhard et Levassor, built at the WWI period until its closing in 1996, the bread of Paris.Now it houses the campus of the Université de Paris VII-Denis Diderot. You can see the new Paris art district here by Rue Louise-Weiss, free expos are always on tab, see more at  Take a dip at the pool piscine Josephine Baker, 8 quai François-Mauriac, open in 2008 with 25 meters lane right on the river Seine! Have a glass at the boat Le Batofar, 11 quai François-Mauriac;and the soulful club Le Djoon,22 blvd Vincent Auriol with best DJ’s of Paris.

And we reach the end of our journey of the Paris metro at Olympiades,  opened in 2007, on what we call the Chinatown of Paris, from place d’Italie take the avenue Choisy,and see the triangle of this street with avenue d’Ivry,and blvd Masséna. The Esplanade des Olympiades is the center to wait for the Chinese New Year in Paris. See culture and history  at the Temple des Teochew, behind the tour Auvers, and shop at the Tang Fréres, 48 avenue d’Ivry, the temple of asiatic goodies in Paris. you can have a nice dinner at the Chinatown Olympiades, 44 avenue d’Ivry, the mecca of Chinese restos on two floors,great. See more of the district and its inhabitants of the Orient here,

Well until some new encounters with Paris, hope you have enjoy this serie, and bring better enjoyment of your metro rides in Paris. Cheers

March 13, 2012

Some news from France LXIII

We have new happening all over to tell you. Hope all are doing good,and we are enjoying great weather even tomorrow its annouce 17C in the afternoon in winter!

The galerie Arts d’Australie • Stéphane Jacob is going to be at the new edition of Art Paris Art Fair 2012 that will take place at the Grand Palais from March 29 to April 1, 2012. Original aborigines of Australia,

The wonderful musée national de la Marine present from March 7 to November 4 2012, an exposition on the lighthouses ,see all info here,

The exposition of Radio, come to open at the Musée des arts et métiers! until September 2nd 2012, more info

Come for some improvisations, on jazz, girls and mojitos at 2 rue Saulnier, théatre les feux de la Rampe, see info

Check out this scene,an annual phenomenon, this year the Festival Rock en Seine  will take place on August 24, 25 and 26. Already some names to be seen there are Placebo, The Black Keys, Foster the People, Noel Gallagher, Green Day, Mark Lanegan and Sigur Ros, all at the Domaine de Saint Cloud, more info here

Some culinary exquisites on Paris 7éme that are popping up ,some I have been already. They are, Thoumieux ,4, rue de la Comète  a must for me there,   D’chez eux , very typical of the Southwest or sud-ouest of France, my favorite , traditional and good, 2, avenue Lowendal ,  For a glass of wine and the world going by see Le Vin de Bellechasse , 20, rue de Bellechasse, no web but pure Paris, with drawings on the walls at the entry to the dining room, big mirrors, and  benches of red moleskine rouge, and a long counter +33 01 47 05 11 11. Try the wonderful bakery pastries place of Boulangerie Gosselin , 258, boulevard Saint-Germain, see Paris at its best here   Finally, have a great coffee roasted delicious, try it! at Coutume Café,47, rue de Babylone, more info later at the webpage you read first at Paris1972!

And dont forget to see that other castle of Paris, the Chateau de Vincennes, the fortress with its 1200 meters long wall, its nine tours,and its chapel of Sainte Chapelle, as well as its tower donjon 52 meters high the highest in Europe!!

More into my new area of Bretagne, have yourself a sejour on horses, great rides in beautiful country the 4th biggest horse country in France,

Until next time, a photo at night walking the Ave des Champs-Elysées with the silhouette of the lightbeam at the Tour Eiffel, enjoy it


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