Paris, and around the Hôtel de Ville!!!

Always looking for my photos, I have to tell you is not an easy task when I have overlooked a lot of them and now trying to find them! I did came up with one on the Hôtel de Ville of Paris and will tell you a bit more on this spot. Of course, will cut short the text as already plenty written on it.

The bus line 72 have taken a few times and took the picture while passing the Hôtel de Ville of Paris. The line runs from the Parc de Saint-Cloud to the Gare de Lyon. It has nice bus connection with the line 82 at Pont d’Iéna , bus 85 at Châtelet and bus 96 at the Hôtel de Ville. The bus line 72 has stops in very popular places in Paris and is an ideal bus to take above ground to see more of the grandeur of Paris. The popular stops I can remark are at Pont d’Iéna, Pont de Bir-Hakeim, Palais de Tokyo, Alma-Marceau, Grand Palais, Concorde, Pont de Solférino, Pont Royal , Pont des Arts , Pont Neuf-Quai du Louvre, Palais-Royal, Pont Louis-Philippe ,Pont Marie, Pont d´Austerlitz, and the line start in Paris proper at Porte de Saint Cloud and ends at Gare de Lyon. The RATP line is shown here :

It is a great way to see Paris when your legs are a bit tired of the wonderful walks, much prefer above ground, and see Paris more.

Paris hotel de ville bus 72 sep12

Here if you wish but will tell you the bus ride is better , you can come in on metro line 1 and 11 going up the stairs you have sortie or exit no 5 to Hôtel de Ville or exit 2 Rue de Renard to Centre Georges Pompidou as most often taken here. I have it on line 1 but you can see all the lines here:

A bit of the history I like on this area

The quai de l’Hotel-de-Ville , where bus line 72 passes, is a quay located along the Seine river, in the Saint Gervais and Saint Merri neighborhood or quartiers of the 4éme district or arrondissement of Paris The quai de l’Hotel-de-Ville, has a length of 535 meters and 24 to 32 meters of width , and begins at the Pont Marie and rue des Nonnains-d’Hyères and ends at the Place de l’Hotel-de-Ville – Esplanade de la Liberation.

In 1254, it was a path that bordered the Seine. It was called the chemin aux Merrains, or rue aux Merrains, to the lumber merchants. From the 15C, the city laws or   acts designated it under the name of quai de la Grève, or quai de Grève. Gréve means strike on a level square, covered with gravel, on the river. Before the Place de Grève, today Place de l’Hotel-de-Ville – Esplanade de la Liberation, was raised and the quay was paved. The Quai de l’Hotel-de-Ville was created in 1867-1868 from the merger of the part of the Quai des Ormes located between the rue des Nonnains-d’Hyères and the rue Geoffroy-l’Asnier with the part of the quai de Gréves located between this last street and the Pont d’Arcole bridge.

At the corner with rue de Lobau: homage to the Nueve. On the jardin des Combattants (see post) in memory to the Spanish republicans who fought along the French resistance against nazi Germany and did entered Paris first with Leclerc division!

At the square you will find an equestrian statue of Etienne Marcel ,exactly at 94 quai de l’Hotel-de-Ville. This bronze statue of Etienne Marcel, provost of merchants from 1354 to 1358, inaugurated in 1888. Symbol of the revolt of the Parisian bourgeoisie against the monarchy, it is wearing a chaperone in the colors of red and blue of Paris, a rallying sign of his supporters. He brandished the parchment of the Great Order of the Reformed of 1357. Etienne Marcel was assassinated on July 31, 1358, near the Porte Sainte-Antoine.

The Pont d’Arcole bridge, (see post) has 80 meters long and 20 meters wide, was built in 1854 as a single arch. It is the first bridge without support on the Seine entirely made of iron and no longer of cast iron. The bridge connects the Quai de Grèves, the Quai de l’Hotel de Ville and the Place de l’Hotel de Ville on the right bank to the Quai de la Corse and the Quai aux Fleurs on the Île de la Cité.

Paris pont d' arcole left hotel de ville et hotel-dieu back jul10

There you go folks another dandy anecdote of beautiful Paris and my rounds around the city. As said ,tried all modes of transports, the best in the city is walking but if tired take the bus. Hope you enjoy the post.

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

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2 Comments to “Paris, and around the Hôtel de Ville!!!”

  1. Thanks! I love the Hôtel de Ville

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