Metro de Paris, line 14!!

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 14 of the metro de Paris.

This is the most recent line in the Metro de Paris as it 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 an automatic line as well as the later line 1. Funny thing is when the metro is on strike the news tell us all lines are closed except line 1 and 14! of course, there is nobody to go on strike lol!

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 ,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 but a bit letdown in frequency. 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 and continues the tradition of the breads of Paris.  You can see the new Paris art district here by Rue Louise-Weiss, free expos are always on tab.  Take a dip at the pool piscine Josephine Baker, 8 quai François-Mauriac, open in 2008 with 25 meters lane right on the Seine river! The new Bateau Phare, 11 quai François Mauriac (the old mythical Batofar)  is just as good  for a glass on the Seine! , 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 line 14  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 Le Temple de l’Amicale des Teochew,  44 avenue d’Ivry, 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.

And there you go, my dear readers, we have reach the end of the full line metro de Paris on line 14, the automated one. Hope you have enjoy the tour of these wonderful spots in my eternal Paris, even if as I said, above ground is better ::) Just for the curious and visitors who dare go underground in the most beautiful city in the world, Paris!!!

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

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3 Responses to “Metro de Paris, line 14!!”

  1. Very helpful series of updated posts – thanks.

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