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October 1, 2020

Paris and my parking spot!!

So moving along with my eternal Paris and giving away some of the off the beaten paths spots or even recalling famous one on a personal basis; let me tell you about my favorite parking spot in Paris!  YES you can drive in Paris even today!

My old spot for parking in Paris when wanted to come to work by car or bring the family over was at the former New-York Garage, 38, rue du Mont-Thabor ,1éme Paris. This is very near where I used to work in my eternal Paris! Pic my family going in to pickup the car !


For info, I came on trains into Paris at Gare Saint Lazare station, which is officially at 108 rue Saint Lazare 8éme arrondissement or district, and is about 1.1 km from my place of work. Also, if heavy rains took the metro line 1 or 12 at stops Tuileries or Concorde. I, also, walked from the Gare Saint Lazare along the Grand Magasins into rue Tronchet and the Place de la Madeleine into rue Saint Honoré/Rue Cambron and into Rue du Mont Thabor! About 18 minutes marvellous!!!

These were the marvelous days before the virus, and that I still find sentimental as well as many Christmas parties at Vendôme with the family so chic so Paris! The New York garage now is private so the new alternative if coming by car is at the parking Saemes Louvre-Pyramides ,15, rue des Pyramides 1éme Arrondissement.  Info on this parking here:

As everything good comes to an end unfortunately, the garage was also victims of the new owners who wanted a private place. This was not a garage parking per se. They did mechanical work and service here too and had a space for parking to select clients who were recommended as I was. Now no longer the case no spaces for parking. oh well! As Paris is changing too….

The street where I work and already told you what was the firm, huh! Let me tell you about the street where the parking was and just corner with the entrance to work at rue Rouget-de-L’Isle . The rue du Mont Thabor starts at rue Mondovi all the way to rue d´Alger, the whole is parallel to rue de Rivoli next to the jardin des Tuileries and rue Saint Honoré. In all a very chic part of Paris.

A bit of history I like

The rue du Mont-Thabor is in the 1éme of Paris .This street was named in honor of the victory of General Bonaparte, at Mont-Thabor in Syria, on April 27, 1799 over the Turks. This street, generally oriented east-west and parallel to the rue Saint-Honoré was partly opened in 1802 on the site of the convent of the Assumption and the two gardens, the large and the small, of the Capuchin convent, where it ends up forming an elbow with rue Mondovi on one side and the rue de Castiglione on the other. The extension of this first part was traced in 1832 through the Feuillants garden and that of the Hôtel de Noailles to the rue Louis-Philippe-Ier, which received the same name in the same year; later rue d’Alger which it still wears.

At the corners of Rue du Mont-Thabor, rue Cambon and rue de Mondovi was the location of the hotel of the king’s bodyguards on foot. On the even side of the rue du Mont-Thabor was a secondary entrance to the Cirque-Olympique installed from 1807 to 1816 in the hippodrome b. 1801 of the rue Saint-Honoré by the squires family Franconi. At No 6 was the home and death place of the poet Alfred de Musset. A plaque in honor of Alfred de Musset is shown now.

Memorable places where ate many times on business and while working nearby were the No 36 Rue du Mont Thabor Le Soufflé restaurant on French cuisine, and soufflés …Also, at No 28 the L’Ardoise restaurant, French cuisine, and at No 26 Le Cozy  restaurant, French cuisine , of course!

Now I feel better again to have this nostalgic place in my eternal Paris in my blog. The idea is to have my life in it and it has proven to be very rewarding thanks to many of you who appreciate my writings and your comments. Thank you Merci beaucoup!

Paris has many books, magazines, newsletters, blogs on it, but all together would not be enough to tell you about it. Paris is eternal  or A moveable feast indeed!! Hope you enjoy this off the beaten path post!

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

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October 1, 2020

Paris and La Muette!!!

Well I need to come back to Paris, always Paris, my eternal Paris. I am going back to my vault of older photos to bring memories back into my blog. I have been so many times by La Muette that it has become my favorite spot in Paris,and just able to visit often even just from the start of the virus paranoïaque! Of course, I have brief mentions of it in previous post and even a general overview of quartiers or neighborhoods of Paris, but this needs more, so here it is folks. Hope you enjoy it as I do.

One of my favorites in Paris, maybe the most. I love to walk by here, and shop and eat, and just plain fun. Even when my boys were younger took them here at the park garden Ranelagh beautiful memories never to be forgotten. I have written on the neighborhood or quartier of La Muette in the 16éme district or arrondissement of Paris.

The metro station La Muette is on line 9 , directions Pont de Sèvres /Mairie de Montreuil. The station is located under the beginning of Avenue Mozart, south of the intersection with Chaussée de la Muette . The station opened on November 8, 1922 with the commissioning of the first section of line 9 between Trocadéro and Exelmans. Its name comes from the Château de la Muette, which gave its name to the neighborhood, a name itself probably coming from the pack which was used for hunting in the Bois de Boulogne. The name could also come from a hunting lodge of Charles IX, located near Passy, where moults of antlers of fallen deer in autumn were kept.

A bit on the construction taken time since the 1950’s when the piers are covered with a metallic camber with red horizontal uprights (for those at the top) and gray (for those at the bottom) and illuminated golden advertising frames; the metal beams supporting the station’s ceiling are painted green. These modifications are then widely used in Parisian metro stations as an inexpensive way to renovate quickly. Before this body was removed in 2009 for refurbishment of the station as part of the RATP “Renouveau du métro” or metro renewal program, it was completed with red style seats.

The station La Muette has two accesses as no 1 call “chaussée de la Muette”(my exit), consisting of a fixed staircase decorated with a Val d’Osne candelabra, opening at the corner formed by avenue Mozart and the chaussée de la Silent; and access no. 2 “avenue Mozart”, made up of an escalator going up allowing only the exit, located to the right of number 5 of the avenue. The distribution room is established in the form of a mezzanine overlooking the tracks, in the station. Thus, the platforms are visible from the room and the information counter. La Muette is a standard configuration station with two platforms separated by the metro tracks. Established flush with the ground, the ceiling consists of a metal deck, the beams of which, silver in color, are supported by vertical piers. The bevelled white ceramic tiles cover the piers, the tympanum and the hopper staircases giving access to the RER C.


For info as never taken these the La Muette station is served in correspondence by the RER C stop Boulainvilliers and bus lines station at 1 rue de la Pompe . 22, place Possoz, 32 place de Passy, and 52 Les Vignes-Boulainvilliers. If need to , believe took it once there is a taxi stand directly in front of the pharmacy de la Muette. Taxis are regular during the day at this station. In the evening from 21h opt for the Trocadéro.

The official RATP on line 9 La Muette

Some of the things to see from this La Muette metro station and they are all wonderful are the Jardin du Ranelagh at avenue du Ranelagh – avenue Ingres – avenue Prudhon – avenue Raphaël only 220 meters away. The Marmottan Monet Museum 2 rue Louis Boilly at  600 meters . Maison de Balzac 47 rue Raynouard at 580 meters. The musée du vin de Paris wine museum square Charles Dickens at 1000 meters. The Clemenceau Museum 8 rue Benjamin Franklin at 950 meters. The Ïle aux Cygnes or swan island and the Pont de Grenelle, and Pont Bir Hakeim bridges at 920 meters The Passy cemetery (where rest in peace Manet, Georges Mandel and Claude Debussy amongst others) 2 rue du Commandant Schloesing at 1000 meters. The Parish Church Notre Dame de l’Assomption of Passy 88 rue de l’Assomption at  550 meters. A bit further but doable on foot as we do here are the Jardins du Trocadéro at 1200 meters, Eiffel Tower at 1500 meters and the Roland Garros stadium at 1750 meters. Bear in mind 1000 meters is one Km or about 0.6213 miles.

La Muette, away from traditional tourist circuits, are truly emblematic neighborhoods of Paris,  the chic Paris of luxury buildings and shops, the sixteenth Paris as they say. And yet, barely 150 years ago, they were still independent villages of the capital, which had known how to attract the aristocracy and the artists, etc To explore them will give you the opportunity of a day unlike any other in this Paris that we think we know!

You ,also, have wonderful architecture here in chic La Muette of the 16éme such as the Hôtel Guimard, Castel Béranger, and Hôtel Mezzara. All these sublime buildings were created by the immense art nouveau architect Hector Guimard. Super size mansions or villas as well as many Haussmann buildings ,and some with the option of a view of the Eiffel Tower!, also populate the neighborhood. That’s wonderful ! And to complicate your directions, the neighborhood or quartier de La Muette is further divided administerily into Muette south and north. The quartier Muette Sud extends from the rue de l’Assomption to the rue de Passy.  And the quartier Muette Nord extends from the rue de Passy until the avenues Henri Martin and Georges Mandel. As a whole , the La Muette is the 62nd neighborhood or quartier of Paris, of course in the 16éme arrondissement or district. Tu as bien compris mes amis!!

I have post on my eating escapades here so do not want to repeat photos but this one is a good one because it shows in the back the Jardin Ranelagh and my fav La Gare resto. For the memories of always!


Also, do not forget to stop by the La Grande Épicerie de Paris at 80 rue de Passy . Here you have several levels, thousands of products and culinary creations all available before your eyes and numerous tasting areas. You a space of 2800 m2 a restaurant,and many universes as well as more than 6000 references. Outside, the two green facades of rue de Passy and avenue Paul Doumer will amaze you with their wealth and countless plants, created from mint, thyme or rosemary. Sublime my eternal Paris If you go down to the basement (sous sol), you will discover the immense vaults which give way to the wines and their exceptional allies which are cheeses and hams. If you go up to the first floor , you will be immersed in the realm of dry, salty or sweet products. The historic dome, central and majestic element, made up of more than two thousand three hundred glass prisms, shines its light throughout the store and shines with all its lights. Superbe!!!

The Paris tourist office on walks around this neighborhood sights in English:

And there you go another dandy in my eternal Paris. Always Paris, my eternal Paris, is a state of mind really!! Hope you enjoy this bit of memory lane by yours truly, and I thank you for reading it.

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

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