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August 14, 2022

The Gare Montparnasse of Paris !!!

Well, again looking at my vault of pictures realise that had some not yet posted in my blog! And this is still my entry point to Paris from my Morbihan breton by train! I have taken plenty of train rides here and even by car. Therefore, its about time I tell you specifically on the Gare Montparnasse of Paris !!! 

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I made so many trips by train, most on business trips but also personal I lost count. Even roundtrip same day !!! From my train stations first in Auray and later Vannes to Montparnasse!!  And several times of the usual train delays that is so famous by now on the TGV Atlantique runs with as much of 45 minutes yikes!!!  The Gare Montparnasse is the head of the line Paris-Versailles on the Versailles Chantier station,which long ago used to take it too from Versailles.  This station serves seven regions of western France: Bretagne, Occitanie, Pays de la Loire , Normandie, Nouvelle Aquitaine, Île-de-France and Centre-Val de Loire .

It has 5 wonderful parkings such as Catalogne, Pasteur, Montparnasse-Gaité, and my favorites Maine ,from the car park, by taking a staircase, you have direct access to the station platforms in front of the TGV,  and Océane, (30, Avenue du Maine).  Montparnasse train station is served by the Paris metro, and more specifically by the following lines: Line 4: Porte de Clignancourt → Mairie de Montrouge, Line 6: Charles de Gaulle Etoile → Nation, Line 12: Aubervilliers Front Populaire → Mairie d’Issy and Line 13: Saint Denis – University and Les Courtilles → Asnières Gennevillers – Chatillon-Montrouge. Bus lines taken from here were the line 28: Gare Saint Lazare → Porte d’Orléans Avenue du Maine  stop for bus lines 28, 58 and bus lines 91 and 94  Levallois – Louison Bobet → Gare Montparnasse with stop at Place Raoul Dautry for lines 91, 92, 94, 95 and 96.

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The Gare Montparnasse is made up of 5 levels ranging from level -1 to level 3 corresponding to Hall Pasteur at Level -1 corresponds to the level allowing access to the Metro in order to go to Vaugirard. Level 0 located Place Raoul Dautry and allows you to use Porte Océane. Level 1 corresponds to the Mezzanine level , Level 2 corresponds to the level of the station platforms. It is therefore the largest level of Gare Montparnasse. Level 3 corresponds to Hall Pasteur.

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The Grandes Lignes (long distance lines) ticket office, called on the station signs “Billets Grandes Lignes”, is located Level +2, Hall 1 – Maine opposite the station’s Agora restaurant, Need to travel from Gare Montparnasse to a regional destination? The Transilien allows you to travel within Ile-de-France, for this you must buy your train tickets at the Transilien counter which is located Level 0, next to the FNAC.

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You have other ticket offices such as the Espace Mouchotte ticketing area located: Level +2, Hall 1 – Maine.  The Espace Vaugirard ticket office located on level +2, Hall 3 – Vaugirard, 7 rue du Cotentin, at the end of platform 24, and Espace Pasteur main line ticket office located in Hall 2 – Pasteur, 5 rue du pont des 5 martyrs du lycée Buffon.  The reception points are used to welcome travelers looking for information on trains and Montparnasse station ; these are at Level +2, Hall 1 – Maine next to the Swatch store, Hall 2 – Pasteur, 5 rue du pont des 5 martyrs du lycée Buffon (above the platforms) Level +2, Hall 1 – Maine, opposite tracks 17/18 (main) , and Level +2, Hall 1 – Maine, facing platform 17/18.

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The Montparnasse trains station offers you an automatic luggage locker service allowing you to leave your luggage with complete peace of mind in lockers of different sizes prices depending on the size of your luggage. It is located at Level +1 (mezzanine) next to the Beauty Bubble, Have you lost an object or luggage during your trip to Montparnasse trains station? Seek help at Level +1 (mezzanine) near the Beauty Bubble, The location of the 3 restrooms (toilets) points located on the Montparnasse train station are above the platforms, Hall 2 – Pasteur, 5 rue du pont des 5 martyrs du lycée Buffon, opposite the Europcar car rental company, Level +2, Hall 3 – Vaugirard, at the end of track 24 , and Level +1, next to Micromania.

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The official SNCF webpage on the Gare Montparnasse:

The regional Transilien network on the gare Montparnasse:

The private practical better guide to the Gare Montparnasse :

The Paris tourist office on the Gare Montparnasse

There you go folks, now feel better to tell you more specifics of the wonderful Gare Montparnasse! A quartier, neighborhood that has undergoing great renovations, and the train station was not left out! Hall 3, also called Hall Vasarely because of the many frescoes painted by the painter Victor Vasarely, has been completely renovated and a glass roof has been installed to increase the luminosity of the room by favoring natural light from outside. The routes for getting from one place to another within the station have also been redesigned to make them easier to understand for passengers. Thus, the station now has 102 information screens for passengers and around 15 additional escalators to speed up travel time in the station and thus offer a better experience to passengers. Great !!!

Hope you enjoy the post as I, and looking forward to be back to my Montparnasse of Paris!! And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

August 14, 2022

The Place de Clichy of Paris !

The Place de Clichy is one I have driven into and out of Paris several times by car.  This is a traffic nuts nightmare that Paris does not seen to solve even with all the patchup gadgets they use on public transports! My oldest son used to worked in the nearby Holiday Inn hotel/resto Porte de Clichy on his hotelerie/restaurant degree.  I like to update this older post ; hope you enjoy it as I, Let me tell you a bit on the famous place de Clichy!

The Place de Clichy is one of the three places in Paris where four arrondissements or districts meet; here these are the 8, 9, 17 and 18éme. The others are the Pont St Michel and the Carrefour de Belleville. It is very busy day and night, the square is bordered by shops of all kinds, including restaurants and a cinema ,the Pathé-Wepler. I can confirm the busy day and night as I have passed by there several times and always need re direction to get out from the terrible lately Paris traffic. The Place de Clichy is served by two metro lines, 2 and 13; also, seven bus lines 30, 54, 68, 74, 80, 81, and 95; four lines of Noctilien night bus lines N01, N02, N15 and N51; and a taxi rank stand.

It was named Place de Clichy because it occupies the site of the barrier of Clichy, an old gateway to Paris located on the wall of the Farmers General, which served as an exit to go to the village of Clichy. It was classified in its entirety in the Parisian roads on May 23, 1863 and took its current name on December 30, 1864. It was previously located in the former village of Batignolles and called square and barriére de Clichy from 1789 to 1814. It was built on the site of the old buildings of the barrier de Clichy which, in 1793, during the French revolution ,had been called ” Fructidor barrier ”. It’s opening included part of the Batignolles and Clichy boulevards and part of the ramparts of Clichy and chemins de ronde de Clichy and the barrière Blanche as well as the barrière de Clichy…

A historic patriotic story lies here as during March 1814: the Napoleonic Empire came to an end. With 800,000 soldiers, the foreign armies marched on Paris. After having forced the barriers of Belleville and Pantin, they take the Montmartre hill. The north and north-west of the city, from Clichy to Neuilly, are protected by 70,000 National Guard men. In front of the advance of the enemy armies, the Marshal Moncey, then major-general of the Parisian guard, goes to the barrier of Clichy. Volunteers, skirmishers, students from the École Polytechnique and veterinary school, Moncey’s troops brought together 15,000 men. Their lack of experience did not prevent them from valiantly resisting the Russian contingent until the proclamation of the armistice on March 30, 1814. We remember. In the center of the square stands the Monument to Marshal Moncey erected in 1870: sitting on the pedestal, 8 meters high and decorated with bas-reliefs, a group of bronze six meters high represents the defense of Paris by him.


The Paris tourist office on the Place de Clichy

There you go folks, another nice spot to go by in Paris. And of course due stop to see the monument it is worth remembering the heroes. Hope you enjoy the brief on the Place de Clichy of Paris as I,

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

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August 14, 2022

The Allée de Longchamp of Paris !!

I am probably the only one who dares writes about this street  as it is a border street between two departements Paris 75 and Hauts de Seine 92 or the cities of Neuilly-sur-Seine and Paris. Even if a dubious reputation at night, during the daytime is another story. The Allée de Longchamp has some interesting spots. Let me update this older post for you and me, and hope you enjoy it as I,

As I used to work in Suresnes (see posts) ,and came over every day to Paris, this was the road most direct to get there by the Porte Maillot. I had the opportunity to see the transformation on buildings and night / day action here. Allée de Longchamp is in the Bois de Boulogne. Formerly located on the territory of Neuilly-sur-Seine annexed to Paris by decree of April 18, 1929.  It begins by the route from Porte des Sablons to Porte Maillot and ends at carrefour de Longchamp . It is 3000 meters long by 35 meters wide . This is the main road in the Bois de Boulogne! ,also known as the N185.


This is a long alley and forested nice unique in the lungs of Paris daytime it has no rivals in my eternal Paris. You need long walks here and even I have zig zag it by car. right over the pont de Suresnes you can parked and walk to see racecourse and  old windmill  wonderful and my lunch at La Grande Cascade restaurant (see post). From the Porte Maillot is another great walk to the jardin d’Acclimatation or the Fondation Louis Vuitton (see posts) on a side street in about 14 minutes walk according to google as me never time it ,but it seems reasonable.


Some of the things right on it or a bit off are the pavillon d’Armenonville private parties, the racecourse Longchamp, the fav restos L’Auberge du Bonheur and La Grande Cascade. Also, right off porte Maillot the Petit Train for the Jardin d’Acclimatation.(see post), This is a wonderful garden with nice children rides and mini petting zoo, and theater with a very nice little train ride my boys love it!  I have posts on the Bois de Boulogne, you can search in my blog for them.

The Paris tourist office on the Bois de Boulogne

The Paris tourist office on things to see/do around the Allée de Longchamp

There you go folks, a wonderful “out” street of my eternal Paris that is worth the detour, the Allée de Longchamp is romantic, marvelous and a real Parisian spot , Hope you have enjoy the post as I.

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

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