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January 21, 2022

The tramway of Paris!

So, written plenty on the airports, train stations, metro stations and the favorite bus lines of Paris. However, missing one that have rident as well , the tramways of Paris. Therefore, here is my rendition to them in a brief format.  This of course, will be in my black and white series. Hope you enjoy it and as I said at least they are above ground to see the beauty of Paris passing by.

The tramway appeared back, during the 2000s, as an ideal mode of transport to ensure the transversal service which is lacking in the suburbs , There are now 11 tram lines in and around Paris, The tramways is organized by Île-de-France Mobilités, but 8 are created from scratch while three result from the modernization of formerly under-exploited railway lines. Lines 1, 2, 3a, 3b, 5, 6, 7 and 8 are operated by RATP, lines 9 and 11 as well as future lines 12 and 13 will be operated by Keolis , and line 4 by SNCF.

A bit of history I like
Historically, a large number of trams circulate in Paris, then in the inner suburbs and precede the metro by several decades. This network operated between 1855 and 14 March 1937 in Paris, In 1975 a competition was launched for the design of the standard French tramway again, The Nantes (Loire Atlantique 44) became the pioneer of the modern tramway in France. The first line of the Nantes network was put into service in 1985. The line between Bobigny and Saint-Denis, in the department of Seine-Saint-Denis (93), finally put into service in two stages during 1992, In 1997, the old line from Puteaux to Issy-Plaine known as the Coteaux line, in the Hauts-de-Seine (92), has been converted into a tram line and is also enjoying success. At the end of 2006, the line from Bondy to Aulnay-sous-Bois, known as the Coquetiers line in Seine-Saint-Denis, was in turn converted into a tram line, In 2013, two lines are open to the public. The first, line T5, the first tramway line on pneumatic tires in Île-de-France region, came into service on July 29, 2013 between the Marché de Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis 93) and the Garges – Sarcelles station. (Val d’Oise 95). The second, line T7, came into service on November 16, 2013 between Villejuif – Louis Aragon metro station (Val-de-Marne 94) and Athis-Mons (Athis-Mons – Porte de l’Essonne station 91); its extension to Juvisy-sur-Orge is scheduled for 2021 , One year later two other lines open, line T6 on December 13, 2014 between Châtillon – Montrouge and Vélizy-Villacoublay ; this line being extended since May 28 2016 at Viroflay-Rive-Droite station 78) and line T8 between Saint-Denis – Porte de Paris and Épinay-sur-Seine, on the one hand, and Villetaneuse, on the other hand, which in fact the first tram in the region to have two branches. On July 1, 2017, the T11 Express line was put into service between the stations of Épinay-sur-Seine and Le Bourget. Then, on April 10, 2021, line T9 opens between Porte de Choisy and Orly – Gaston Viens.

In 2021, the Île-de-France network has eleven lines in operation, all located on the outskirts of the city of Paris or in the inner suburbs of Paris. These briefly are :

T1 : Asnières – Gennevilliers – Les Courtilles ↔ Noisy-le-Sec . The T1 will be extended from Les Courtilles to Colombes – Gabriel Péri, with a first phase to Colombes – Bois-Colombes – Asnières-sur-Seine – Quatre-Routes at the end of 2019. a new extension of line T1 must be implemented. service to the Val de Fontenay RER station. The line should first stop at Montreuil in 2023

T2 : Pont de Bezons – Porte de Versailles

T3a : Pont du Garigliano – Porte de Vincennes

T3b : Porte de Vincennes ↔ Porte de la Chapelle.  An extension of line T3b to Porte Dauphine is planned. The line would then connect with the RER C and metro line 3 at Porte de Champerret, with line 1 and the RER C and E (which should reach Porte Maillot by 2023) at Porte Maillot and with line 2 and RER C at Porte Dauphine. An extension of the T3 tramway (T3a or T3b) is planned from Porte de Vincennes to Place de la Nation. This extension could provide a connection with line A of the RER and lines 1, 2, 6 and 9 of the metro..  The tramway T3 project :

T4 : Aulnay-sous-Bois / Hôpital de Montfermeil – Bondy

T5 : Marché de Saint-Denis ↔ Garges – Sarcelles

T6 : Châtillon – Viroflay

T7 : Villejuif – Louis Aragon ↔ Porte de l’Essonne . The T7 must be extended to Juvisy station (lines C and D of the RER).

T8 : Saint-Denis – Épinay-sur-Seine / Villetaneuse, looking to be put in service in 2024 at Rosa Parks.

T9 : Porte de Choisy – Orly

T10 : Antony – Clamart. This line will link La Croix de Berny station, on the RER B, terminus of Trans-Val-de-Marne, to Clamart – Place du Gard, The line could be extended to Issy RER and allow a connection with line 15 from the Paris metro.

T11 Express : Épinay-sur-Seine – Le Bourget.   Full commissioning of the line is expected in 2027, with extensions from Epinay-sur-Seine to Sartrouville (2027) and from Bourget to Noisy-le-Sec (2024). The line, then 28 kilometers long, will serve 17 stations.

T12: Massy-Palaisesau, Evry-Courcouronnes (Tram-train Massey-Evry) It connects the Massy-Palaiseau interchange to the Evry RER D train station via Champlan, Longjumeau, Chilly-Mazarin, Epinay-sur-Orge, Savigny-sur-Orge, Morsang-sur-Orge , Viry-Chatillon, Grigny, Ris-Orangis and Courcouronnes. The line must be extended from Massy-Palaiseau to Versailles-ChantiersThe Paris Sarclay agglo project on the T12 :

T13 : Saint-Cyr ↔ Achères-Ville (Tangentielle Ouest).  The line has a total length of 29 km and has 16 stations. Over a large part of the route, it follows the tracks of the line of the greater Paris ring ( grande ceinture ). Commissioning is planned in two phases. Phase 1 covers the section that goes from Saint-Germain-en-Laye to Saint-Cyr-l’École. Phase 2 will focus on the branch that will go from Saint-Germain-en-Laye to Achères-Ville station. (Yvelines 78).

The official RATP tramway network of Paris :

The official Mobilité Ïle de France region on tramways

There you go folks, another dandy way of transportation in my eternal Paris. OF course, you wondered why congestions with cars well the public transport development is very taxpayer expensive and not enough to cover the greater Paris metro area for years. Now with several streets turn into pedestrians the congestions will increase. Be aware of the jams and delays, even on the tramway. Welcome to Paris. I happened to have tried just the tramway T2 Val-de-Seine connecting the La Défense to the Porte de Versailles, in 17 stops! Mine was the SuresnesLongchamp; booked solid cramp always! Anyway, hope you enjoy the post.

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

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January 21, 2022

How about Terminal 2 Roissy CDG for Paris !!

I have written several posts on transports in Paris and on the airports. However, the one i have used the most almost exclusively has been CDG Terminal 2, and I own section F !! I am not going to be too technical and detail as many webpages have plenty of information on it and besides if you need specifics just let me know I can walk you thru them! Let me tell you a bit on Roissy CDG Terminal 2 , commonly ,and mistakingly call the Paris airport but is actually in Roissy en France dept 95 of Val d’Oise, and part in Temblay en France, dept 93 of Seine Saint Denis in the same Ïle de France region, This is an updated post with new text and links.

The Terminal 2 consists of seven halls,numbered 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, and 2G. In the center of the terminal is the TGV-RER station Charles de Gaulle 2 Airport and CDGVAL Terminal 2 station.  You can move freely, in public area, between the different halls of terminal 2, on foot or by free shuttle bus. Terminal 2G is located further east, away from other halls and an inner free bus transportation will take you back and forth. Terminal 2 at Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport is the largest of the three terminals. The inter terminal bus are navettes N1 & N2 taking you from the public zones between the satellites letters of Terminal 2, the parking PW Eco, and the train stations TGV-RER-CDGVAL, After your disembarkation follow the Exit-Baggage indications. Passengers ending their trip to Paris must pass a Border Police identity check (entry to France). Access to the public area (Level Arrivals in the main building) is made after the passage of the Customs, leaving the baggage delivery room.


The A,C,D, you have currency exchange and ATM cash distribution machines 24:24, post office, internet bornes, lost items office, Children’s areas such as T2A departure area, mezzanine baby spaces, T2C departure central area.  Here you will find bag plastic wrapper by public zone gates A8,C11, and C14, pharmacy public zone, massage center at 2A and 2C, prayer room by shopping level ,and game arcade at 2C. You have restaurants in public areas such as 2A Starbucks, 2A/C Frenchy’s bistro and McDonald’s, 2C Paul, 2D Brioche Dorée, Hippopotamus, and Starbucks. In the security zone at 2A you have Exki, Fauchon, Starbucks, and Brioche Dorée; 2A/C Seafood bar and Café Eiffel; 2C Bert’s and McDonald’s, and 2D Brioche Dorée and Exki. The car rental desks of Avis, Europcar, Hertz,Enterprise citer, and Sixt.

While in the E,F,G  , you have Banks, currency exchange and ATM cash distribution machines such as HSBC and Travelex. Children’s spaces at 2E departure area after police filter,and 2F departure lounge after security checks. Massage centers at 2E halls L, M, and 2F. Also, museum space at 2E hall M. Plastic wrapping luggage in public area 2E gates 2,6,and 14, 2F gate 6 departure level. Luggage lockers at 2E by the train TGV station. Medical center at 2F door 17 arrivals; pharmacy 2E public area departure, prayer room multifaith at 2E hall L door E63 7/7 days 2F arrivals door 1 7/7 days from 6h30 to 22H (6:30am to 10 pm). Game arcades at 2E hall M, and business center at 2F and 2G.

Roissy cdg T2 E M lobby waiting dec18

Restaurants are plenty on 2E Brioche DoréeEspressamente Illy, Naked, arrivals level, 2F Brasserie Flo, Espressamente Illy, Ladurée, Marks&Spencer, Starbucks. 2F1 Brioche dorée, Pradier and 2G Paul. In security areas where I always eat are 2E hall K, Exki, Paname Restaurant, Paul, Prêt à manger, Starbucks, and Yo Shushi; Hall L Exki, Fly Bar, Illy, I love Paris by Guy Martin (great), Hall M Caviar House & Prunier , seafood bar, Exki, Paul, Starbucks, Costa Coffee, Café Cubiste. 2F1 , Exki, ,Paul, and Petrossian, 2F2, Bellota Bellota, Bert’s, Brioche Dorée, Caviar House & Prunier, Seafood bar Paul, and Yo Sushi.  At 2G you have Bert’s, Illy, and Ladurée. I highlight the ones I have tried ok. You can rent cars here like Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Enterprise Citer, and Sixt.

Roissy CDG T2A to T2F elevators jan18

These terminals, or modules, are separated by a fast lane and car parks. A boarding satellite is connected to the terminal  2A by a gateway, two others (S3 and S4) are connected to the terminals 2E and 2F. Between the terminals 2C and 2D and between the terminals 2E and 2F, there is the station Charles Airport. de-Gaulle 2 TGV and the RER B station.  Terminal 2 includes many services, shops, bars and restaurants. There is even a museum space in Terminal 2E. Terminal 2E is one of the most important buildings in the world. Terminal 2E-hall K is beside the main building.  Terminal 2E-hall L is a satellite terminal, connected by transit train.  Terminal 2E-hall M is a terminal satellite, connected by transit train.  The transit train connects the main building (hall K) with hall L & hall M.

The Terminal 2 is served by the Roissybus, RATP bus lines 350 to Porte de la Chapelle & line 351 to place de la Nation, Noctilien night bus lines N140 and N143 to Gare de l’Est train station as well as the RER B train. A wonderful free way of moving between terminals and long term parking is with the monorail type of train the, CDGVAL , it allows you to easily connect all the car parkings and train stations of Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport, and my best partner!.  CDGVAL also provides links between terminals and makes it possible to circulate in all public areas of Roissy CDG. It runs every 4 minutes from 4h (4am) 01h ( 1am), and every 20 minutes from 01h30 to 04H30 (1:30am to 4:30 am). Travel time between terminals 1, 2 and 3 as well as car parkings PR and PX is between 2 and 10 min depending on which terminal you go ; like from terminal 1 to terminal 3 is about 10 minutes, terminal 2 is 8 minutes. The correspondence with RER B train and CDGVAL is possible. You have to go to Terminal 3 – Roissypole or Terminal 2.  The correspondance CDGVAL / TGV trains ,the connection is done at Terminal 2.

roissy CDG cdgval train from T2 to T1 apr18

There is now a navette bus service to Parc Asterix from Roissypôle bus depot in Terminal 3 reach with the CDGVAL monorail, Also, a navette bus service to Disneyland call the Magical Express at Terminal 2 is 2E and 2F Porte 8a arrivals follow gare routiére or bus terminal, There is a dedicated bus to the Aeroville shopping mall ,Again there is a connection to Beauvais airport by Roissypôle T3.

The parkings are  P1, PR (near terminal 1 and 3) P3, P3 RESA,  PAB,  PCD , PEF, PX. The closest hotels to Roissy Charles de Gaulle terminals are: Novotel Hotel “Paris CDG Terminal”, Hilton Hotel and Ibis “Charles de Gaulle Airport” These hotels are within walking distance from Terminal 3 or the CDGVAL from Terminals 1 and 2. Sheraton Hotel: close to the TGV and RER station, this hotel is located in Terminal 2 of Roissy CDG.

The official Aéroports de Paris in English on CDG:

An unofficial site but very good in English is EasyCDG

An unofficial site for Roissy CDG in French:

Another one on airports reservation have it on CDG in French:

There you go folks, a huge building full of extentions sometimes seems difficult and visitors complaint about it but its really easy and well mark , a breeze for me. Like I said if in need of getting around it let me know; T2 is like my second home lol! Enjoy the CDG ,the airport for Paris!

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

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January 21, 2022

Again more streets of eternal Paris!!!

Here I am again to tell you about more streets of my eternal Paris. I have many many posts on Paris and several on the streets of the most beautiful city in the world. I have come up with some pictures believe not in my blog and will tell you about the streets they represent. Hope you enjoy the post as always thank you. Therefore, here is my take again more streets of eternal Paris!!!

The rue Catinat, is in the 1éme arrondissement of Paris. It bears the name of Marshal of France Nicolas de Catinat. Originally, the Place des Victoires had no exit from the side of the Hôtel de La Vrillière. In the past, you could have seen a building built in the rue de La Vrillière on the part of the land occupied by the rue des Fossés-Montmartre, when it extended to this square. Louis Ier Phélypeaux de La Vrillière obtained permission to demolish this building, and by this release provided a more pleasant view of his hotel. This new exit was first named “rue Percée”, then “petite rue La Vrillière”; in 1838 it received the name “rue de la Banque”, because it is located opposite this establishment, then, on June 11, 1847, it took the name of rue Catinat. Below rue Catinat towards rue La Vrillière and banque de France branch.


Some of the anecdotes here I like tell us the rue de la Sorbonne received the name of rue Catinat from 1792 to 1802. It is also the old name of the street Đồng Khởi in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. I past by it, so a bit more. Its name was given to it by the Admiral-Gouverneur de la Grandièrele on February 1, 1865 in honor of the corvette Catinat (Nicolas de Catinat Marshal of France) who had participated in the interventions of 1856 in Tourane (Da Nang ) and from 1859 in Saigon. In the 1920s, rue Catinat, where the Continental Hotel was located, became the Canebière of Saigon. The famous writer André Malraux and his wife Clara stayed there from 1924 to 1925.

The quai Branly is located along the rive gauche of the Seine river in the 7éme arrondissement of Paris. It begins in the extension of the Quai d’Orsay, near the Pont de l’Alma and the Place de la Resistance and ends at the quai Jacques-Chirac, near the Esplanade David Ben-Gurion and the Passerelle Debilly. On the Seine side, it serves the port of La Bourdonnais. 

The quai Branly bears the name of Édouard Branly, a French physicist born in Amiens, one of the forerunners of the TSF. wireless transmission, He discovered the principle of radioconduction and that of telemechanics. He is one of the forerunners of radio.  Thanks to Branly’s  discovery of the radioconductor  , and his work on the principle of  radioconduction. Guglielmo Marconi in 1899 made the radiotelegraph connections which marked the birth of wireless telegraphy. The quai Branly received its name by decree of January 30, 1941, the authorities serving the Vichy regime having insisted on honoring this French scholar who died in Paris on March 24, 1940. This choice was not questioned at the Liberation. On April 14, 2021, the Paris Council voted to rename most of the quai Branly from the portion located in front of the Quai Branly museum to the place des Martyrs-Juifs-du-Vélodrome-d’Hiver, in the 7éme arrondissement and 15éme arrondissements “quai Jacques-Chirac”, in tribute to the former President of the French Republic. The same principle that the museum is now quai Branly – Jacques Chirac.

Some of the things to see here me think are :

Near the Pont Bir-Hakeim bridge was erected the monument in memory of the 1st Free French Division, with a bronze bust of General Diego Brosset in 1953. The site of the former headquarters of Météo-France, at No 1, at the corner of avenue Rapp and opposite the Pont de l’Alma . The buildings of this headquarters, now destroyed, were bought, in February 2010, by the Russian State, to build on their land a cathedral, the new seat of the Russian Orthodox Bishopric of Chersonesus and a cultural center of the Russian Orthodox Church. Construction began in 2013 on an area of ​​4,200 m2 and was completed in 2016. (see post)
Alma Palace, at No. 11, residence of the French Republic and former seat of the Superior Council of the Judiciary (CSM).
Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques-Chirac, (see post) no 37, museum of arts and civilizations of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas with its green wall overlooking the quay. It takes the place of the former Ministry of Foreign Trade.
The Tour Eiffel tower, on the Champ-de-Mars near the Pont d’Iéna (see posts).
Maison de la culture du Japon in Paris, at 101 bis. and  National Memorial to the Algerian War and the fighting in Morocco and Tunisia.

The Place de la Bourse is located in the 2éme arrondissement of Paris. You get there by Metro line 3 Bourse, It owes its name to the Palais de la Bourse,(Brongniart) built on its site between 1807 to 1825, It opened at the same time as the Palais de la Bourse, absorbing part of the rue des Filles-Saint- Thomas. During the Three Glorious Days revolution, the square was the scene of confrontation between the insurgents and the troops. It officially took its current name on June 21, 1844. Below pic pl de la bourse to rue 4 septembre and Opéra Garnier.


There is a market on the Place de la Bourse, Tuesdays and Fridays from 10h to 20h is one of the only Parisian markets to be open in the afternoon. You have here the main attraction me think even if not open to the general public the Palais Brongniart: inaugurated in 1825.(see post).

Other sights worth seeing me think are at no. 2: chamber of commerce and industry of the Paris – Île-de-France region; No. 4: trade union chamber of stockbrokers; no 5: one of the first press agencies, the Office-Correspondance, in 1830, nos 6-8: post office; no 9: Fournier press agency; nos 10-12: daily L’Information, in the future Nouvel Observateur building; no 13: Havas and Restaurant Champeaux information agency; today AFP Agence France Presse (see post) ,no 40, rue Notre-Dame-des-Victoires .No 29 rue Vivienne by the passage of same name,

Anecdotes tell us that the first Théâtre des Nouvelles was built in 1827 at 27 bis rue Vivienne opposite the Stock Exchange (former Bourse), The Opéra Comique settled there from 1832 to 1840, then the Théâtre de Vaudeville from 1840 to 1868.The theater was demolished in 1869 to allow the extension of rue Réaumur (now rue du Quatre Septembre). A new Vaudeville theater was built on Boulevard des Capucines , then it became a cinema Gaumont Opéra. 

L’Argent, (the money) a novel by Émile Zola published in 1891, describes in detail the intense activity of the Place de la Bourse shortly before its peak: arriving from all four corners, while the rue du 4-Septembre and the rue Réaumur do not have not yet been pierced, a ballet of cabs and omnibuses crisscrosses a large square covered with chestnut trees and benches, riddled with rumors and negotiations, in shops (stationery, pastry chef), banks, media, cafes and restaurants arranged all around, Indeed a wonderful novel by Mr Zola!

The Rue du Commerce is in the 15éme arrondissement of Paris. The street begins on Boulevard de Grenelle, at the aerial metro level, in the extension of Avenue de La Motte-Picquet and ends at Rue des Entrepreneurs. The rue du Commerce has formed since the middle of the 19C one of the three or four lively and attractive shopping axes of the 15éme arrondissement. And must say one of my favorite places for shopping too, The street was the main shopping street of the former village of Grenelle was formed in 1837 under the name of Rue Saint-Guillaume , It takes the name of rue de la Montagne-Noire on February 1, 1877 before taking its current name by a decree of March 16, 1877. Below pic rue de commerce to Church St Jean Baptiste de Grenelle.


It is crossed by rue Letellier, rue Fondary and rue du Théâtre. It serves as the starting point for rue Tiphaine, rue Frémicourt, rue Gramme and rue Lakanal, but also as a point of arrival at avenue Émile-Zola. Its length is 675 meters with an average width of only 18 meters. Due to this narrow width, it is a one-way lane for automobile traffic. Recent developments also limit the parking of vehicles. Yes indeed but there is an undergroun parking at 76 Rue du Commerce, This street is also served by metro Commerce line 8 at Place du Commerce. Metro Émile Zola line 10 on avenue Émile-Zola, and 20 meters from the intersection with rue du Commerce and La Motte-Picquet – Grenelle ,Metro lines 6 8 and 10,

The Rue du Commerce is the result of an urban planning operation carried out in the 19C.The construction of the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church in 1825 (see post), the Pont de Grenelle bridge in 1826, the development of a port on the Seine for waterway traffic and a river station for storing goods, as well as the construction of the Théatre Grenelle theater in 1829, complete this set, organized into a global network. The facades of houses and apartment buildings adorned with sculpted patterns, bands and cornices meet the tastes of the middle bourgeoisie that want to attract to this new district. The opening of the rue Frémicourt, then its extension in 1905 by the avenue Émile-Zola, created new links between the Grenelle district and the rest of Paris in full development. But, for its part, the rue du Commerce will keep much of its original cachet, in part no doubt thanks to the strong presence of activities on the ground floor of the buildings bordering the street.

Today, rue du Commerce is still an important shopping street with many shops selling perfumes, lingerie, clothing, tableware, decoration and gifts, bank branches, a few restaurants and cafes including the famous Café du Commerce at no 51,(see post) as well as food shops (bakeries, butchers, etc.). One of the best shopping street in Paris.; not only for the selection, which covers everything from one-of-a-kind boutiques to affordable fashions, but because you will be shopping where the locals go.I do!!!

Some of the other significant things to see in rue du commerce me think are:

At no 93: building from 1876 which takes up the size and aesthetics of the first constructions of Grenelle; no 87: building from 1860, with a beautiful cast iron grille and a largely preserved molding; no 71: first large building built (in 1864) just after annexation to Paris, with the aesthetic standards of the capital; Nos 56 and 116, rue du Théâtre: building having retained its original volume and simplicity, contrasts and marks a landmark on the street; The Paris tourist office on the rue du Commerce:

The rue du Temple is one of the oldest streets in Paris, located between the 3éme and 4éme arrondissements, in the Marais district. It is 1335 meters long, and begins at its at 64 rue de Rivoli and ends at 13 at Place de la République. The street is served by the Hôtel de Ville metro lines, 1 and 11, République metro lines 3,, 5, 8, 9 and 11, Temple metro line 3 and metro Arts et Métiers lines 3 and 11. One of my spots closer to Pl de la République for my business trips stays in Paris ! Below pic rue du Temple to the Place République.


The rue du Temple owes its name to the Order of the Templars, installed in the mid-13C in this district known as the Temple district even today. Remains of fortifications dating from Philippe Auguste are preserved at nos. 69 and 71 rue du Temple, The current rue du Temple is formed by ministerial decree dated February 18, 1851. The rue du Temple, which was located between the rue Michel-le-Comte and the Vieilles-Haudriettes and the boulevards Saint-Martin and the Temple; the rue Sainte-Avoie, which was located between rue Neuve-Saint-Merri and rue Sainte-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie and rue Michel-le-Comte and rue des Vieilles-Haudriettes; rue Barre-du-Bec, which was located between rue de la Verrerie and rue Neuve-Saint-Merri and rue Sainte-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie; and rue des Coquilles, which was located between rue de la Tixéranderie and rue de la Verrerie.

The part of rue du Temple located between rue de Rivoli and rue de la Verrerie first bore the name of “rue des Coquilles”, then in the 14C, it became “ruelle Jean-Gentien” (treasurer of the king). ), then “rue Jacques-Gentien”. The part between rue de la Verrerie and rue Saint-Merri will be called “rue Barre-du-Bec”, then “rue de l’Abbaye-du-Bec-Hellouin” towards the beginning of the 14C. The part between rue Saint-Merri and rue des Haudriettes was called “rue Sainte-Avoye” between 1515 and 1851; Madame de Sévigné stayed there before settling in rue de Thorigny. At the corner of these streets was the mark of the jurisdiction of the great priors of the order of the Temple namely: the scale of the Temple which was nearly 16 meters high. This patibular scale (pillory) appears on texts of 1550. The Passage Sainte-Avoye, between rue Sainte-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie and rue Michel-le-Comte, was part of the main street of the Temple then of the rue du Temple. formerly between the rue Michel-le-Comte and the boulevard du Temple, and which nowadays goes from the rue Michel-le-Comte to the place de la République was in the 13C the rue de la Milice-du-Temple before soon after become rue de la Chevalerie-du-Temple.

Some of the wonderful architecture and history of this rue du Temple that I like are :

No 17: site of an entrance to the former Hôtel de Du Guesclin at the end of the 14C
No 22: former hotel of the Marquis de la Maisonfort (1718) then of Canet du Guy (1752)
No 24: corner turret between rue du Temple and rue de Sainte-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie, dating from 1610,
No 41: the former auberge de l’Aigle d’Or or Golden Eagle inn was the head of a stagecoach line in the 19C. A Louis XIII staircase can still be seen in the passage. In the beautiful courtyard with the facades there is a café-theater, the Café de la Gare !
No 43: 16C mansion with listed facades. Adjoining the former Golden Eagle inn. It has a majestic staircase with Henri IV ironwork and a black and white paved floor. There is the Association of Young Chinese of France (language school).
No 57: the mansion of Maximilien Titon 16C, supplier of the arsenals, is at the end of the courtyard. Here resided in 1830 François Fortuné Guyot de Fère, one of the founders of the Free Society of Fine Arts in Paris,
Nos 60, 62-69,71: location of the Porte du
Temple gate of the enclosure of Philippe Auguste in the 13C.
No 62: Passage Sainte-Avoie. On the site of the former Hôtel Neuf-de-Montmorency, the Passage Sainte-Avoye was opened in 1828; in 1838, when rue Rambuteau was opened, this hotel completely disappeared. The Constable Anne de Montmorency died there in 1567. The hotel became the property of Mesmes and that of Antoinette de Mesmes, wife of Louis Victor de Rochechouart de Mortemart (older brother of Madame de Montespan) Duke and Duchess of Vivonne, who remained there in 1678. In May 1716, the banker John Law set up his first bank there. This passage follows the route of the enclosure of Philippe Auguste which exited in the current rue du Temple between nos. 60 and 62. If no trace of the enclosure is currently visible, however, you can see that these two numbers are not in the same alignment.
No 70: at the corner of rue de Braque is the Hôtel de Testars, located on the site of the former Butchers of the Templars

 No 71: the former Hôtel de Saint-Aignan, built from 1645 to 1650, for Claude de Mesmes, Count d’Avaux, responsible for Finances in 1641. In 1680, it became the property of the Duke of Saint-Aignan. Paul de Beauvilliers, who was responsible for the education of the Duke of Burgundy, the Duke of Anjou and the Duke of Berry with Fénelon, had it overhauled in 1691. Having become a national property during the French revolution, it was from 1800 to 1823 the City/Town hall of the former 7éme arrondissement. Today it houses the Museum of Art and History of Judaism.
No 79: Former Hôtel de Montmor (1623), owned by treasurer Jean Habert de Montmor, known as “Montmor le Riche”. His son Henri Louis Habert de Montmor, friend of Madame de Sévigné, who had created a draft of the Academy of Sciences frequented by Descartes, Molière, Huygens, Roberval, and whose very rich library bought by Colbert is now part of the collection of the National Library of France, lived in these places from 1643. In 1751, the hotel became the property of Laurent Charron, farmer general from 1757 to 1768. It was he who gave it its current appearance,
No 122 (formerly no 40): Honoré de Balzac’s family settled there in 1814 and lived there until 1819.
Between nos. 178 and 207 is the site of the former Porte du Temple of the enclosure of Charles V. This gate was located at the outlet of the current rue Meslay (formerly “rue du Rempart”) at the level of no 2 and 207 rue du Temple. I stayed in hotel by here several times!
No 195: Church of St. Elisabeth of Hungary. A few meters further on, rue du Temple is joined by rue de Turbigo. The odd side of the end of rue de Turbigo and the even side of rue du Temple border the Place Elisabeth-Dmitrieff square, where the only exit of the Temple metro station emerges. The rue du Temple reaches a few tens of meters further on the Place de la République.

There you go folks, another dandy beautiful set of glorious streets of my eternal Paris. I have criss cross them many and have many in my blog already, Hope you enjoy these architecturally and historically stunning streets of Paris as I.

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

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