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July 18, 2017

Gare Saint Lazare train station Paris

Just looking over my blogs I notice that I have not dedicated a post to my old precious wonderful train station in Paris. I worked there for 9 years or so and came always by the Gare Saint Lazare.

Paris has several train stations ,7 to be exact. These are Montparnasse where I go in now when visiting Paris; Nord, Lyon, Est, Austerlitz, and Bercy. The Saint Lazare has a nice hub and connection to my beloved Versailles on the rive droite train station there, closest to home.  Info on the rive droite is here in French:

The Gare Saint Lazare train station is located in the Europe neighborhood or quartier of the 8éme arrondissement or district of Paris. It was the first station built in 1837!!! Being amongst other numbers the second in France in numbers of passangers with over 105M (2015) . It has a whole complex protected by France National Monument designation such as the areas of the front facade, and roofstops as well as the main hallway or salle des pas-perdus , and the hallway of embarkation , the facades and roofstops facing the rue de Rome, as well as those facing the old  hôtel Terminus Saint-Lazare, now the Hotel Hilton Paris Opéra, its lobby and the entry as well as the interior decoration.

Vast renovations has been going on, and it is not the same station I used to do to go to work anymore.  The transformation of the old hallway or sale des pas perdus into a shopping center on three levels with 194 meters long (213 meters on the façade),the creation of an underground parking and better connection to the metro of Paris.  The big glass canopy on the sale des pas perdu which is in steel and wood dating from the 19C have been raised to create an airy space for protection against fires. The WWII bunker in the first basement near platforms 4 and 5 (my usual old platforms) behind the commercial gallery were destroyed as was not compatible with the new image. Further renovation had the open spaces to the rue de  Rome and rue du Havre as well as the rue intérieure, between the main building and the hotel Concorde Opéra Paris has been expanded. A new taxi stand is now at the cour du Havre and by the cour de Rome a bus terminal. Work is done from the passarelle dite l’Impératrice linking the station to the hotel to allow guest to go directly from hotel to station inside.

Line J and L on regular trains go for hundreds from here as well as the RER E, and big lines such as those covering part of Normandie with terminus in the coast of the Manche between Dieppe and Cherbourg. The big lines are not much used here concentrating on the suburban services instead. The metro lines 3,12, 13,and 14 are direct. There is a hallway where you can connect  from the station at Saint Augustin to the line 9 in the station Saint Lazare of the line 14 and onwards to the train station gare Saint-Lazare.  You can join the station Opéra from  Saint-Augustin and Saint-Lazare by going to the platforms of the RER E and then taking the hallways leading you to the metro lines 7 and 8 of the station Opéra as well as the station RER A of Auber. The bus lines here are 21, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 32, 43, 53, 66, 80, 81, 94 and 95. Hours start by 5h30 (5:30am) to 00h47 (12h47 pm). The bus schedules are here:

Buses 95,81,and 27 are great sightseeing too and cheaper than the tourist buses….They are at terminus in the .cour de Rome, place Gabriel Péri and rue St-Lazare.

The official SNCF in French here:

On the section Plans de la Gare you have pdf file you can print for maps of the station, here

And the regular train TER schedules here in French:

The city of Paris tourist office has more in English:

And this is the car/auto parking I have used lately, very good ,convenient to all. As well as the site I use here for parkings NeoParking:

For the new shopping center which is great indeed, here is information in English:

And a brand new resto not try yet Lazare on the parvis of the station;

A magnifying network map of trains RER , metro ,tramways of Paris here:

making a train station connection mainly for those on the Eurostar but can be easily adapted to others see here in English.

Now , as said ,I used to come by here to work in Paris but only while working did not use the public transports, upon arriving at Saint Lazare I walked 18 minutes to the office same time as taking the public transport but you see Paris, glorious grand department stores, Madeleine, rue Saint Honoré, passing by rue de Rivoli , like I said once in Paris, walk. If this is not possible, than use the Bus, see Paris above ground, much better ::)

Later, as came to visit it and entering thru another station (Montparnasse) I did use the bus especially lines 81,and 95. Sometimes on dire time took metro line 6 that goes above ground for sections of it. And of course, continue to walk as much as possible. Enjoy Saint Lazare always good memories for me. Paris is eternal….!

Enjoy your week, mine just goes into time off, vacation for a long five day weekend. Cheers

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July 18, 2017

Some news from France CLXIII

And we are on the 18 July 2017, and cool not much sun, heavy rafts of rain and thunder wow;big thunders, lights went out in my job’s cafeteria/lunch room!!!  Anyway temps got to 30C and now a cool 23C or about 75F. And tomorrow will be cooler around max 68F !!!

What is going lately in my belle France well ,here are some updates:

Night evenings and workshops on gardening are organize all summer long here at Café Renoir inside the museum or Musée de Montmartre, 12 rue Cortot (18eme) open everyday from 12h to 18h, admission 4€. More info here:

On the occasion of the Transalpine immigration program Ciao Italia, the Palais de la Porte Dorée will have a big parvis terrace with the best from the Dolce Vita. The palais is at 293 avenue Daumesnil (12eme) until October 15 Wednesdays, to Sundays, and from midday to midnight. More here:

The above on Le Figaro in French on the Italian immigration from 1860-1960 where 2 million of them reach France.

The Mona Bismarck American Center open for the first time in summer with a musical program dedicated to the pop culture USA.  DJ  and groups will be live with cinema projections all taken care by Bonhomie with food and cocktails. 34 avenue de New York (16eme) until end of September and from Tuesdays to Saturdays  18h to 02h and Sundays to midnight More here:

The grand magasin Au Printemps Haussmann continues with its renovations.  After the move of the Mode Homme (mens fashion) in the rue du Havre to a building in the boulevard Haussmann , followed by the renovation of the L’Enfant (children) and la Maison  (house deco),now its the turn of the cosmetic beauty space or Beauté  to renovate itself. The new space is dedicated to perfums and cosmetics open its door Monday. It has created the space in a building in the rue de Provence and rue de Caumartin with 3 000 m2  space in three floors !! More in French here:

One of the prettiest terrace in Paris is also, one of the most hidden. You have to climb and descend to the Seine river facing the tour Eiffel and entered in the Palais de Chaillot as going to the museum or musée de l’Homme, and continue.  Daytime is sompteous and nighttime with the light on the Eiffel is sublime. Enjoy the Le Café de l’Homme, open every day from 12h to 14h at  17 place du Trocadéro (16eme), Tel +33 (0) webpage:

And if you descend the stairs along the bridge or Pont Alexandre III on the left bank to come into the Faust terrace, unique space with a view of the Tour Eiffel, the Grand Palais, and the pont des Invalides. Le Faust, open everyday from 12h to 14h with DJ from 19h, dancefloor dancing on Fridays and Saturdays until 06h00 . At Pont Alexandre III (7eme) tel +33 (0) Webpage:

High on a building in the Ménilmontant ,the Perchoir has  a great terrace, with patient on street level with a long line of guests always ready to come here. The plus is once inside the views over the roofstops of Paris is sublime with the lights of the Church of Ménilmontant and further the Basilica of Sacre Coeur. Le Perchoir, Mondays to Wednesdays from 18h to 02h, Thursdays and Fridays from 16h to 02H and the weekend from 12h to 02h; at 14 rue Crespin-du-Gast (11eme) Tel +33 (0) Webpage here:

From now you can enjoy the swim in the basin de la Villette (19eme). IT will open at 13h the first swim site in the city. It is a floating structure with 100 meters long split into three spaces and a beach with cabins, showers, palms all in the quai de Loire on the south side of the basin. It is with free admission every day from 11h to 19h until the end of Paris plage 2017 September 4th. For security reasons,the entry will be limited and with order; no more than 300 swimmers at a time and no more than 1000 each day. More on Paris beach and the swim at Villette here in French.

A phenomenon in Paris, the bicycle or Vélib/ This is already 10 years of the Vélib since July 15 2007 when JCDecaux started it. Some statistics. 305 648 members, 324 millions rentals, 1225 stations in Paris and suburbs; 39 944 attachement stations for bikes, 18 162 available bikes; 97 197 average usage per day, and 17,2 minutes the average time of usage. More info here:

And for next year November 2018 the Festival International du Film , a new name in Compiègne for the centenary of the WWI peace or Armistice. This is for this year webpage:

The Château du Plessis-Brion opens again in summer. From this coming Friday to August 31st you can see the castle with foundations of a feudal fortress that you can tell better in the gothic cellars and other parts from early 16C.  It is the only renaissance castle in the Oise region and this year for the first time you will have treasure chases for the kids. Le château du Plessis-Brion, 2, rue de l’Eglise. Open every day except Mondays from 9h30 to 11h30 and 14h30 to 17h ,admission are adults 5 €. Tél. +33 (0) More info here:

the latest expansion of France’s treasures is the Centre Pompidou to open temporarely in 2019 at Shanghaï ; in the district of West Bund –Xuhui. An art district of Shanghaï  that extends over several kilometers on the west of the city along the quais of the river Huangpu.  In this same area you have the well known museum of the célèbre Yuz Museum ; more here in French:

And last but not least, the aviary and the palmarium are all advantages that add to the splendor of the botanical garden. The whole thing is covered, so you can get lost regardless of the mood of the weather.  Parc Floral, Jardin Botanique de la Ville de Paris3, avenue de la Porte-d’Auteuil (16eme). From 8h to 16h on weekdays and 9h to 17H the weekends and Holidays. More here:
Enjoy your week, I have one day tomorrow and then off to welcome an old friend from USA visiting Brittany for the first time ever lol! Breton galore!!! Cheers




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