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March 10, 2020

How about bus 82 in Paris!!!

Well , I dare to post about the bus network in Paris and was well taken even if still largely unknown to many. Again, my favorite mode of transport is the car, but living in France, I have tried all types of public transports modes. For me if need to take one I do the bus and done even in other countries in Europe. Enough said

After seen so many bloggers write about Paris, I can only feel lucky to have worked in it, lived nearby, and be able to visit every month. Because ,Paris once bites you it’s an eternal love affairs. And I love my bus 82 as briefly mention in my other post on buses in Paris, the 82 has been my workhorse in the last few years.

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Mainly because it has been my regular routine since living in the Morbihan Breton no 56. The circuit is almost the same each time ; I take the train ,TGV, this time from Vannes direction the wonderful gracious train station of Montparnasse in Paris, of course. I rather stay above ground and soak in the city. Why take the underground when you are in the most beautiful city in the world; Paris for enjoyment take the bus instead. It’s easy!

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Right by bd Montparnasse in the place 18 juin 1940 square , you take the bus 82 across the street direction Hôpital Americain (in Neuilly sur Seine dept 92) and the way back its the Luxembourg (as is the jardin du luxembourg). The bus 82 schedule now is here : RATP bus 82 line in pdf file

You can find the bus 82 and any other line in various modes at RATP here: RATP transports schedules bus in English

It’s really a better deal than the tourist bus , a lot cheaper and you see it all!

I take it round trip and it was easy, nice with available seat and near to where I was going and coming; besides above ground the beautiful Paris . The ticket T on the bus is 2€ at counter or machine is 1,90€; cheaper if use it several times like i do buy the carnet of 10 for 16,90€ (or 1,69€ per ticket). Again , great deal.

The weather can be cold or hot, but no matter the bus has heating and AC all the way.  It is great to walk to the stops/arrêt and knowing the hourly schedule no need to wait much;  and take the ride by bus.  This bus 82 takes you into the Invalides, and pass you in front of St Louis Church, and then the monument to peace and the Eiffel just in front of you. You go behind the école militaire and into avenue de Suffren. Great!!!

You, also, past wonderful less known churches such as Saint Françis-Xavier Blvd des Invalides.  As well as one of my cinemas near my old office in rue d’Odessa in Montparnasse, the Gaumont Pathé. Official webpage here:Cinemas Pathe Gaumont at Montparnasse

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Nearer my office  I eat at two of my favorite restos; La Terrace by 7 a wonderful restaurant in the Place de l’école Militaire, more here to read about it:  Restaurant La Terrace du 7

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And a nostalgic one where I have taken many friends visitors as well as old VT friends to Paris on avenue de Suffren, the 7éme Vin resto; more in official webpage here: Restaurant 7éme Vin

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The return by bus as well it took me right in front of another of my favorite restos Pizza Pino in bd Montparnasse with the tour Montparnasse in view.  Just well fed before taking my TGV train back home. More here and a great place upstairs to meet you friends ::)  Official Pizza Pino Montparnasse

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Once back in Vannes train station, got around the station to reach my free parking and go home in 35 minutes, nice and easy. A great way to go to Paris, and I do it for a long time every month, now less maybe once in a couple of months or so. Hope you enjoy the bus and remember, 82 is tops!!! Just like Paris!!!

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

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March 10, 2020

And of course, more streets of Paris!

Oh well, done that did it in my blog, several posts on the sights and streets of my eternal Paris; we can never be too far away as we will always  have Paris. A Moveable Feast indeed!

Let me show some regular walking shots of my streets of Paris, again!

How about looking at the avenue des Champs-Elysées from the Arc de Triomphe street level!

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Or the pretty carrousel at Avenue de Villiers!

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And how about the view of the Orsay museum and Eiffel tower from across the Seine river!

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Or the unique market on their way out; that is at the Place de la Bourse just in front of the opulent Palais de Brongniart!

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Or the splendid view from the Seine pont de la Concorde towards the Pl de la Concorde and the Grande Roue! And at the time of rising waters in the Seine!

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How about the place de la République and its grand restos and lively ambiance always guaranteed.

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And a little away from the crowds at corner of Rue du Rocher and Rue de Madrid to Rue de Portalis into the Church of St Augustin!

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And always street parking for me has been easy need to tell you! this is Rue de Guynemer off the Jardin du Luxembourg! Enjoy it!!!

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And why not finish it off with the grand Rue de Rivoli passing by the magnificent Louvre museum!

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And just finish my book, lol! No need for many words , pictures are a thousand words and for Paris is all we need, well been there is better…. Enjoy the sights and hope to see you around my eternal Paris.

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

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March 10, 2020

Théatre des Champs-Elysées, Paris of course!

I did a run in my blog on theaters around and in Paris a while back . I deliberatly left this one out as could not find a picture to go with it, and rather need to have one, I know i took it while visiting briefly on the studio part. So here it is folks, the Théatre des Champs-Elysées , an instutition in Paris, and my belle France.

The Théâtre des Champs-Élysées theater is a performance hall located at 15, avenue Montaigne, in the 8éme arrondissement of Paris and inaugurated on April 2, 1913. The building actually houses three rooms: the Champs-Élysées Theater (1,905 seats), the Champs-Élysées Comedy (601 seats) and the Champs-Élysées Studio (230 seats). The Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations has owned the building at 15 avenue Montaigne, which also includes the Maison Blanche restaurant, and the Manko -Le Club since 1970, and is the main sponsor of the programming in the various rooms. This is a classic so at least come see it and if what not see a play , I saw a painting show or vernissage there , and lunch at the restaurant, grand.

A bit on the construction I like

The building is commonly regarded as one of the precursors of the art deco style of which it was one of the first representatives in architecture. It houses three performance halls and a restaurant at the top, aligned with neighboring buildings on three levels. Auguste Perret (the men of Amiens) was the concrete lover but here he compromised a little with his principles , here dressed the facade with travertine plates and the stage frame with Allier marble plates, where the exceptional bas-reliefs in white Bourdelle marble are integrated The four groups of interior columns have been left visible

The building has three performance halls as said, a large 1,905-seat Italian hall for opera and music; an average room with 601 seats (the Comedy) and a small one with 230 seats (the Studio), both dedicated to the theater. The interior decoration of the theater includes some works by Bourdelle such as a bronze and frescoes. Also, Maurice Denis carried out the decoration of the dome from 1910-1912 with the Greek Orchestra, The Opera, The Symphony, The Lyrical Drama, separated by tondi illustrating The Choir, The Orchestra, The Sonata and The Organ. Great!!!

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The Mecca of classical music in Paris, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées has hosted many symphonic orchestras such as the Vienna, Munich, New York Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Concert Orchestra. . The National Orchestra of France is currently in residence there. It was inaugurated on March 31, 1913 with a concert of French music with the participation of Camille Saint-Saëns: La Mer by Claude Debussy, L’Apprenti Sorcier by Paul Dukas and the Prélude de Fervaal by Vincent d’Indy ;all works directed by the composers themselves!! and the creation of Ode à la musique by Emmanuel Chabrier, under the direction of Désiré-Émile Inghelbrecht. On March 31, the beam of the Eiffel Tower exceptionally lighted up the facade of the theatre!!

In 1984, a complete renovation of the stage cage was decided, as well as the renovation of the classified public parts. When it reopened to the public in September 1986, the Benvenuto Cellini was programmed, which also opened the theater at the inauguration in 1913. In 2010, 50 private Parisian theaters united in the Association for the Support of Private Theater (ASTP) and the National Union of Directors and Turners of Private Theater (SNDTP), of which the Theater, Comedy and Studio des Champs-Élysées, decide to join forces under a common banner: Théâtres parisiens associés or the associated Parisian Theaters. Webpage in French: https://www.theatresparisiensassocies.com/

Le Comédie des Champs-Élysées was inaugurated on April 3, 1913 with the creation of L’Exilée by Henry Kistemaeckers, followed by Jean Bastia’s review, En Douce, with Mistinguett. In 1923, Jacques Hébertot decided to transform the Galerie Montaigne, where exhibitions ;including the first devoted to Modigliani and the first Dada events, were organized, into a performance hall for the test theater. The layout is entrusted to Louis Jouvet, the artistic direction to Kommisarjevski then Gaston Baty from March 28, 1924 to April 14, 1928. And the Studio des Champs-Élysées was born.

The official webpage of the théâtre des Champs Elysées in French is here: Official Theatre des Champs Elysees

And there you another dandy monument of my eternal Paris that have my footprints on it. Hopefully, yours too and enjoy it as much as I did. A marvelous monument icon of Paris in theater goers lingo, the Champs Elysees theater of Paris.

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

 

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