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January 10, 2018

The Métro of Paris

Well , the world comes to Paris and surprise for many riding the metro/subway/tube is an event….Not really for those who need to take it everyday! I used it extensively for almost 10 years living in Versailles and working in Paris.

I do it now practically every month going visiting the city, again I was asked to go on the 24th but nahh too many times, I am going away to Asia for a week next Saturday and enough of Paris. hahahaha!!! well…

Some of the things  I enjoy and with the help of my l’Indispensable book on the streets of Paris.

It will help the historically inclined, architecture lover, and simply a lover of Paris , and they are many around the Earth….! Plenty of anecdotes and thing to see and do on each line, there are 14 so far. They are working on creating new ones all the way to 18, Grand Paris Express is the project. The site is here with a map of the future,  still in French:  Official Webpage Grand Paris transports map

Cheers oh one photo of my old hangout place, employees entrance to work.

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January 10, 2018

Another Royal town of France, Mantes-la-Jolie

Talking lately of Royal towns of France well my old Yvelines has plenty of them. This is another one, Mantes-la-Jolie. IN the Yvelines dept 78 west of Paris.

This is the story of king Henri IV that gave the name to the city writing to his mistress Gabrielle d’Estrées saying I am at Mantes, my pretty or « Je suis à Mantes, ma jolie ». He made the history of the town where his government was established from 1590 to 1593.

you can see the wonderful Church collégiale Notre Dame another gothic jewel of France; where the heart of king Philippe Auguste was deposited while he died at the old castle now only some ramparts walls left. From the top of the towers of the Church you have wonderful views over the Seine river, the Vexin forests are to dream on afar.

Do not missed the museum or musée de l’hôtel Dieu, and the streets such as rue Baudin and it’s many mansions of the 17C and 18C,the rue Porte Chant-à-l’Oise, the square Gabrielle d’Estrées , and on the lower town a series of ramparts with the old gate or Porte-au-Prêtre ,and the old bridge or vieux pont de Mantes; that was immortalise by Corot.

This is Mantes la Jolie, direct trains to gare Saint Lazare in Paris.And by road along the A13 route de Normandie exits 11-13. The main train station and closest to city center is at Gare principale ,place du 8 Mai 1945.

I leave you with one photo the front entrance of Notre Dame Church.

Enjoy the Yvelines, ïle de France region, and of course my belle France.
MLJ ch ND front jun12

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