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March 7, 2020

Metro de Paris, line 10!!

I have done early when I started my blog way back in Nov’10 a series of runs on each line of the Metro de Paris. I figure it is time to update and renew this information; vital for any visitor and resident as well. Paris not only have Parisians but French from every department of France and even some foreign residents and/or citizens who use it every day.  I hope it helps you understand a bit more what Paris is in its metro or subway or tube underground. Of course, remember, this is for historical purposes only, I always prefer to be above ground in Paris !

After having worked in Paris, and living in Versailles nearby for about 9 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. 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 16 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. Today 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-Pont de Saint Cloud.

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 have the wonderful hippodrome 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 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, with the Ballon de Paris.  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!  (yes here way back I know for sure 1847) At the old printing house it is now 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.

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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, Le Bon Marché. 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 returning 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 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 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 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 use to give access to the RER B And C at Notre Dame St Michel and was reopened in 1988. See the wonderful Thermes et hotel de Cluny, in a museum  of atniold 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 of Guise, the marché de Maubert done in 1547 its one of the oldest in Paris. See the great Church Saint Séverin, 5 rue Saint Séverin, with the oldest bell in Paris dating from 1412!!! The magnificent Church 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 French 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.  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 the Cinema Studio Galante-Beruchet 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 ChurchSaint 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.

And there we arrive at another dandy metro station of my eternal Paris. Hope you have enjoy the tour of the line 10 of the metro de Paris.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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March 7, 2020

Metro de Paris, line 9!!

I have done early when I started my blog way back in Nov’10 a series of runs on each line of the Metro de Paris. I figure it is time to update and renew this information; vital for any visitor and resident as well. Paris not only have Parisians but French from every department of France and even some foreign residents and/or citizens who use it every day.  I hope it helps you understand a bit more what Paris is in its metro or subway or tube underground. Of course, remember, this is for historical purposes only, I always prefer to be above ground in Paris !

After having worked in Paris, and living in Versailles nearby for about 9 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. 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 16 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. Today I will talk about line 9 of the metro de Paris.

It is 19,6 kms long, coming from the bourgeoises of the south west of Paris to the working class of the east of Montreuil. The first track was opened in 1922 from Exelmans to Trocadéro; interesting under the pont de l’Alma there is 14 meters deep of tunnels. This line of my favorites of course, its also the history of France! On April 4, 1943 during WWII, the factory yards of Renault were destroyed by the English, even if the damage was big, the work of repairs took only five days!

We start our ride at the nice Porte de Saint-Cloud, it is unique that it has four lanes, full when matches at the parc des princes stadium, all right around the old village of Auteuil, where great wines were once made and the great Moliére,Racine, and Boileau tasted them. Where Chateaubriand,the Goncourt and Proust spent their time, the village was annexed to Paris in 1860.  The workers at the end of the 19C were house here in three villas, Dietz-Monnin, Emile Meyer,and Cheysson. You can see them along rue Parent-de-Rosan. The football/soccer stadium Parc des Princes is here, but before it was a hunting ground of the kings, and from 1841 with a building and garden it care for the rich . In 1897 a velodrome was built,and host in 1903 the first arrivals of the Tour de France bicycle race. In 1972 the stadium we see today was built.at 24 rue du commandant Guilbaud.  Some great place to have  a drink or eat at Le Cardinal, 5 pl de la porte de Saint Cloud.

You now come to my most favorite area in Paris, so far a secret ,almost but not for long as all in Paris, still its sublime Paris at its best. La Muette, is what I am talking about. The name Muette is still not fix as its origins, it is reference to the Chateau de la Muette,or the muets a gang of dogs used for the hunt at the bois de boulogne, or the house of hunting of Charles IX; its still mystically magical. You see the museum house Maison de Balzac, 47 rue Raynouard,he lived there under a false name of Bruegnol, it is here that he writes his monumental work The humain comedy or better La Comédie Humaine. Get your lotto ticket and a hot coffee at Tabac de la Muette Bongrand, 6 Chaussée de la Muette. See the wonderful Théatre du Ranelagh, 5 rue des Vignes, open in 1900, it became a cinema of arts in 1931, today it showcase new talent; have a nice coffee break at Café l’Amadeus, 54bis avenue Mozart. Do great shopping at the Galerie Commerciale Passy Plazza by 53 rue de Passy, 26 boutiques a la française. And see the best restaurant in Paris, La Gare my all time favorite at 19 Chaussée de la Muette.

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You go on to Iéna, opened in 1923, named after Napoleon victory over the Prussian on this town in 1806. You see here the new great Musée du quai Branly-Jacques-Chirac; 37 quai Branly, the Africa,Asia,Oceania,and the Americas showcase. Also the Musée Guimet, 6 place Iéna, opened in 1889,Asian arts at its best. You have a drink at Au Bon Accueil, 12 rue Longchamp. See more the museum of fashion, Palais Gailliera, musée de la mode,open as a palace in 1894, recently reopen with 90 000 pieces of fashion. The Baccarat, enough said at 11 place des Etats Unis. We continue to Alma-Marceau, named after a French victory in Crimea in 1854,celebrated here by Napoleon III. When you go out of the metro you see Flamme de la liberté, gift of the  newspaper international herald tribune  (today part of NYTimes) to France a replica of that which is on top of the Statue of LIberty this that was a gift of France to the USA. He has the sad memory of been the place where Princess Diana died in an auto accident in 1997. You see ,also, the wonderful Pont de l’Alma, built in 1854 by Napoleon III celebration of this victory. Here you ,also ,have the zouave that marks the level of water of the Seine, if he has the feet in the water the Seine is flooded ,the worst took place in 1910 when the water reach the shoulders. The théatre des Champs-Elysées, 15 avenue Montaigne, built in 1913, a gorgeous view from the roofstop. See the wonderful Palais de Tokyo, 13 avenue du Président Wilson, built in 1937,the comtemporary exhibits are done here since 2002. Some places chic to play and eat here are  Le Crazy Horse, 12 avenue George V, you know it since 1951.La Fermette Marbeuf, 5 rue Marbeuf, decoration 1900, food in heaven! .

We reach Franklin D Rooselvelt, In 1942 the line was named Marbeuf Rond Point des Champs Elysées but WWII made it change the name after the US President, the liberator in 1946. See the super chic Avenue Montaigne, with the Plaza Athénée hotel, open in 1911, the quartier François Ier or district of François Ier the first building to see the light in 1823 nice from avenue Franklin Rooselvelt to avenue George V. Go shopping at 66 ave Champs-Elysées, the wonderful resto Le Boeuf sur le toit, 34 rue du Colisée.  We move over to Saint-Augustin, opened in 1923, link to the Gare St Lazare, see the wonderful Church Saint Augustin, 8 ave César Caire, done in 1861 first to be done in metal and glass with a dome of 50 meters in the old district of Little Poland.  See the wonderful architecture of the Cercle National des Armées, at 8 pl Saint Augustin, done in 1928 to welcome the officers of the French armed forces. Have a beer or snacks at L’Evasion, 7 pl Saint Augustin,  great views over the square. Also, Le Carré 12 pl Saint Augustin super resto!   Continue at Chaussées d’Anton-La Fayette, opened in 1910, the house at no 18-22 in 1977 it was discovered 21 heads of the kings of juda, taken from the front of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in 1799! The rest is in honor of Lafayette the French who help the American independance. See the world famous nightclub L’Olympia, and one of my favorites the Théatre Edouard VII,  the most French of English kings, and who love Paris. See the wonderful Le Grand Café des Capucines, 4 blvd des Capucines,and of course the Grands magasin, Au Printemps and Galeries Lafayette.

We arrive at Charonne, opened in 1933, takes its name from the abbey of Saint Magliore by the king Robert II le Pieux in 1008. See the mansion or hotel Montagne at 53 rue de Charonne, done in 1660, and it was here in 1746, was born the conservatoire national des arts et métiers. See the wonderful architecture at the Palais de la Femme-Fondation de l’Armée du salut. From 1926 took refuge of young women,now its the Salvation Army of France. It is said that here was buried Cyrano de Bergerac….Have a drink at the  Bistrot L’Armagnac, 104 rue de Charonne.

And there you go another dandy in my eternal Paris. This is line 9 of the metro de Paris, enjoy the tour. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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March 7, 2020

Metro de Paris, line 8!!

I have done early when I started my blog way back in Nov’10 a series of runs on each line of the Metro de Paris. I figure it is time to update and renew this information; vital for any visitor and resident as well. Paris not only have Parisians but French from every department of France and even some foreign residents and/or citizens who use it every day.  I hope it helps you understand a bit more what Paris is in its metro or subway or tube underground. Of course, remember, this is for historical purposes only, I always prefer to be above ground in Paris !

After having worked in Paris, and living in Versailles nearby for about 9 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. 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 16 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. Today I will talk about line 8 of the metro de Paris.

This line link Balard at the southwest to Crétéil-Pointe du Lac 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 Bistro Balard, at 4 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. 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 Café du Commerce, 80 rue du Commerce, opened in 1921 on three floors with classic cuisine ,also, the many quaint shops along the rue du Commerce.

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 1670 Louis 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.

Now come over to my shopping area and we stop at Madeleine, a small quarter became the Ville l’Eveque or bishop’s 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 many clothibng shops. 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.

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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. 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, Cinema 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.

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.  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.

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 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 Bohemian Canteen, 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 courtyards 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 Le 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, 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.  See the nice Bois de Vincennes, 1000 hectares of it, you can see the palais de la porte Dorée with a  Musée national de l’histoire de l’immigration, at 293 avenue Daumesnil,  Also, see the  l’Aquarium tropical done in 1931, inside the palais as well. Have a nice meal at the Le Chalet des Iles Daumesnil, an island, ile de Reuilly in the park bois de Vincennes, Lac Daumesnil,

And there you go , enjoy line 8 of the metro de Paris, better get out above ground and enjoy the beauties given above; hope you enjoy the tour.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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