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

paris-rue du depart to monoprix mar13

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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