13 June 2011

Le Metro

 I actually prefer travelling by bus when in Paris, but still maintain a healthy admiration and respect for the Metro. Admire the sheer feat of constructing such a complicated network under the myriad of streets in a very old city and respect the fact it moves around 5 - 6 million passengers per day and employs 15, 000 workers. There are 300 stations and never more than 500 metres for Parisians to walk to one !



St Paul was the station we used mostly during our stay in the Marais. It is on Line 1 ( Yellow ) which was the first Metro line completed in 1900.

I became a bit intrigued with the various shapes and colours of the seats in the different stations - nothing odd about me!

                         Our other station in the Marais area.


                       It's easy to follow when you know how !


      Spotted a Qantas advertisement here ... thought the kangaroos were a bit incongruous.





Hector Guimard designed the striking Art Nouveau entrances and today there are 86 remaining and listed as historic monuments. They look like giant praying mantis and have vegetable and floral emblems.

               The glass canopy is supposed to resemble the wings of a dragon fly.





                                  Aren't these seats groovy ?


This is the stop that leads you straight into the extensive shoe department at the Galeries Lafayette department store - very handy !




This fun entrance at Palais Royal in the Place Colette was designed by Jean Michel Othoniel in the year 2, 000 to celebrate the centenary of the Metro. He used 800 glass balls from Murano and it resembles a crown.
It is called the Kiosque des Noctambules ( "the kiosk of the night owls" - made for me !!)



Don't you think they are interesting ?


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