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January 2, 2022

The Rue du Départ of Paris!!!

These are just a new thingy that I am into streets of Paris. Well no place better than to write about the streets of Paris than on places where you have spent a good part of your life. I used to work for several years in this part of my eternal Paris and made many merchants friends over the years some gone other still there, no opportunity is enough when coming now to Paris by Montparnasse to stop by for a meal or drink or even a last minute item for a shop before heading back to my Morbihan Breton!

The Rue du Départ is the very street where I had my office for several years doing various consulting works on CAC 40 (like Dow Jones) companies in France. My office was in the 3rd floor of 1 Rue du Départ, entrance next to the pharmacy! There is ,also, a Gaumont Parnasse cinema and Hippopotamus restaurant on street level. Memories forever!!!

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The Rue du Départ is in the 14éme arrondissement  on the odd numbers side, and the 15éme arrondissement on the even numbers side, respectively in the neighborhoods of Montparnasse and Necker. It bears this name because it skirted the old Gare Montparnasse next to the departure platforms.

The Rue du Départ runs along a shopping center and the Montparnasse Tower, located on the side of the street belonging to the Necker neighborhood.  It complement the rue de l’Arrivée, located on the other side of the Montparnasse tower.

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The Rue du Départ is served Metro lines 4, 6, 12, and 13 at the station Montparnasse-Bienvenüe. Also, Bus lines RATP 28 58 82 89 91 92 94 95 and 96; and the Transilien line N  of Gare Montparnasse train station. Nice big underground parking here was used many times by yours truly is reacheable by the Rue du Départ or the Rue de l’Arrivée,one side and the other side of the tour Montparnasse and the shopping center centre commercial Montparnasse Rive Gauche. When you get to the metro Montparnasse Bienvenüe there are exits/sorties to go up ok plenty; these are:  Sortie 1 Porte d’Océane, 2 Place Bienvenüe, 4 Tour Montparnasse, 5 bd du Montparnasse, 6 Rue d’Odessa, 7 Rue du Départ, and 8 Rue de Rennes.

A first part of the street was opened in 1849, during the construction of the second Montparnasse station and was originally directly at the level of the starting docks of the latter. The second part of this route was opened in 1906.

Some interesting things to see me think are:

At No. 22: Since the destruction of the old Gare Montparnasse and the construction in its location, within the operation of urban renovation Maine-Montparnasse, of the of the buildings of the tour Maine-Montparnasse  including the Montparnasse Tower and two other more modest towers, is located at the base of this ensemble, along the street, a shopping center, first named Shopping Center Montparnasse then, since 2015, Montparnasse Rive-Gauche.  At  No. 31: a Monoprix convenient store. At  No. 34: the Redlight, nightclub. And at  No. 36: Brasil Tropical, another trendy bar in the capital. The biggest Brazilian cabaret in Paris! Yes indeed!

I did some shopping in the Monoprix store here, webpage: https://www.monoprix.fr/monoprix-montparnasse-paris-75014-s

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And of course in the Montparnasse Rive Gauche shopping center was where the Galeries Lafayette Montparnasse were and no longer there. The shopping center webpage is not working from my end but they have a Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/montparnasserivegauche/

And as stated in previous posts, there is a major renovation to the Tour Montparnasse; more info official webpage: https://www.tour-montparnasse.fr/en/renovation/

The Paris tourist office on the tour Montparnasse: https://en.parisinfo.com/paris-museum-monument/71385/Paris-Montparnasse-Top-of-the-City

There you go folks a nice open area of Paris seldom visited and needs to be visited more. My Montparnasse by the train station of same name. Many nice souvenirs and still lucky to be able to pass by once in a while. Hope you enjoy the walks around Rue du Départ , my part of eternal Paris.

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

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January 2, 2022

 The Place du 18 juin 1940 of Paris!!!

These are just a new thingy that I am into streets of Paris. Well no place better than to write about the streets of Paris than on places where you have spent a good part of your life. I used to worked for several years in this part of my eternal Paris and made many merchants friends over the years some gone other still there, no opportunity is enough when coming now to Paris by Montparnasse to stop by for a meal or drink or even a last minute item for a shop before heading back to my Morbihan Breton!

I like to tell  you about the  Place du 18 juin 1940.  The square is located in the Notre-Dame-des-Champs  neighborhood or quartier of the 6éme arrondissement or district, and also,  in the Necker neighborhood of the 15éme arrondissement or district of Paris. It is in front of the Gare Montparnasse. This square was named in commemoration of the appeal launched by General de Gaulle to the French in WWII. The square is crossed by Boulevard Montparnasse. The Rue de Rennes, beginning at Saint Germain des Prés, ends here. Other avenues overlooking the square: rue du Départ, and rue de l’Arrivée and the rue d’Odessa which extends through the Rue de la Gaîté.

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The place du 18 juin 1940 is served by the metro lines  4, 6, 12 and 13 at the station Montparnasse-Bienvenüe, as well as by the bus lines RATP 28, 58, 82, 91, 92,  95 and 96. The metro station taken them all and the buses did the 82, 91, and  95 very nicely.

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This is at the heart of Montparnasse where you will find cinemas, restaurants, and shops. The square was formerly part of the Rue de Rennes became Place de Rennes towards 1880 during the work of the old Gare Montparnasse (which adjoins the south of the square until its destruction in the 1960’s), a new  Gare Montparnasse station was built further south on the edge of the Avenue du Maine.  It finally ,takes in 1951 the name Place du 18-Juin-1940.

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Places of interest in htis area in my opinion! :  The cinema of Bretagne/Brittany, almost on the square. The real estate ensemble buildings include the  tour Maine-Montparnasse, including the Montparnasse Tower, the building C often designated by the acronym CIT (for International textile Center) and the building D or tour Express, all three built on the site of the old train station Montparnasse. Located at the base of the building complex in the  tour Maine-Montparnasse, the shopping center Montparnasse Rive Gauche ( 10 Rue du Départ ) and, within it, the department store Galeries Lafayette Montparnasse.  One of the Wallace fountains is by  6 bd du Montparnasse.

From the city of Paris an Urban renovation is in the works including the train station , tour, and Maine Montparnasse buildings, more to come of this wonderful ever changing neighborhood and the different district that bordered it. webpage: https://www.paris.fr/pages/projet-6e-14e-15e-maine-montparnasse-5750/

The Paris tourist office on gare Montparnassehttps://en.parisinfo.com/transport/73403/Gare-Montparnasse

There you go folks a nice open area of Paris seldom visited and needs to be visited more. My Montparnasse by the train station of same name. Many nice souvenirs and still lucky to be able to pass by once in a while. Hope you enjoy the walks around Place 18 juin 1940 in my part of eternal Paris.

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

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January 2, 2022

The Place Raoul Dautry of Paris!!!

These are just a new thingy that I am into streets of Paris. Well no place better than to write about the streets of Paris than on places where you have spent a good part of your life. I used to work for several years in this part of my eternal Paris and made many merchants friends over the years some gone other still there, no opportunity is enough when coming now to Paris by Montparnasse to stop by for a meal or drink or even a last minute item for a shop before heading back to my Morbihan Breton!

As I am in my old work neighborhood and needed to come in and out of the gare Montparnasse (see post), another dandy street was/is the Place Raoul Dautry, a squares that I enjoyed for long time and still do when visiting the city.

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The place Raoul-Dautry is a small square of the Necker quartier or neighborhood in the 15éme arrondissement or district of Paris. It is at the junction of bd Vaugirard and Avenue du Maine. The square serves as a terminus for three bus lines  92, 94 and 96, and a breakpoint for two others lines 91 and 95. This square was created in 1965 during the reconstruction of the new Gare Montparnasse. It is located on the odd numbers side of the Boulevard de Vaugirard with the even numbers side on the  Avenue du Maine. The rue du Départ ,and the rue de l’Arrivée also lead to this square. This fully paved square is located at the foot of the Montparnasse tower and in front of the main entrance Porte Océane of the new  Gare Montparnasse. And my favorite entrance to the train station. Its name comes from Raoul Dautry , a railway engineer who lived in the first half of the 20C and who held several ministerial posts before and after WWII.

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Places of interest in htis area in my opinion! :  The cinema of Bretagne/Brittany, almost on the square. The real estate ensemble buildings include the  tour Maine-Montparnasse, including the Montparnasse Tower, the building C often designated by the acronym CIT (for International textile Center) and the building D or tour Express, all three built on the site of the old train station Montparnasse. Located at the base of the building complex in the  tour Maine-Montparnasse, the shopping center Montparnasse Rive Gauche ( 10 Rue du Départ ) and, within it, the department store Galeries Lafayette Montparnasse.  One of the Wallace fountains in the neighborhood.

The Gare Montparnasse my TGV connection to from Bretagne: https://www.garesetconnexions.sncf/fr/gare/frpmo/paris-montparnasse

The Paris tourist office on the gare Montparnasse: https://en.parisinfo.com/transport/73403/Gare-Montparnasse

There you go folks a nice open area of Paris seldom visited and needs to be visited more. My Montparnasse by the train station of same name. Many nice souvenirs and still lucky to be able to pass by once in a while. Hope you enjoy the walks around Place Raoul Dautry, my part of eternal Paris.

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

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