Not all of the Metro stations you saw looked the same. Trocadero, for example had these hideous orange tiles. Some stations have theme decorations, which can be worth stopping to take a photo if you have time. (sorry mine aren't well focused.)
Louvre Rivoli (line 1)- has examples of some of the treasures at the Louvre.
Taking pictures in metro stations might be difficult, the Paris Metro is very crowded and you may not get a clean shot. Just be aware
This is the only original edicule Guimard that is left at its original place and has the large enveloping glass roof with glass sides. The other two at Abbesses and Chatelet (place Sainte Opportune) do not have the glass sides.
This one was erected in 1900 when the station first opened. The name of the station comes from the "Dauphine" Marie-Antoinette wife of Louis XVI, who both finished on the scaffold on what was to become place de la Concorde.
MOST PEOPLE SEEM TO THINK THE HIGHEST POINT IN PARIS IS AT SACRE COEUR..
WHILE IM NOT GOING TO ARGUE THAT THIS IS A FANTASTIC PLACE TO LOOK OVER PARIS..BUT LET ME LET YOU INTO A LITTLE KNOWN SECRET THAT THE HIGHEST POINT IN PARIS IS AT TELEGRAPH METRO STATION..
WHEN YOU GET TO THE STATION MAKE YOUR WAY OUTSIDE TO A SPOT BY THE CEMETERY FOR GREAT VIEWS OVER THE WONDERFUL CITY OF PARIS..
the works started in 1898 (Fulgence Bienvenue), LINE 1 was opened on July 19th, 1900, after 17 months of work. Now there are more than 290 stations and 200 KM of metro line.
LE GRAND LOUVRE
The project was decided in 1984 and the Architect Ieoh Ming PEI was the project manager for the Underground Project.: Cours Napoleon and cour du Carousel.
Le forum du Carousel (the underground city). The pyramid was finished in 1989: 793 glass losanges and triangles.
Some of the platforms on the Metro are amazing, we kept passing one in paticular and just had to stop and have a look at it. This was the stop Arts et Metiers, it is covered in sheet copper with port-holes along the platform with all art works inside.
We did this a couple of times just to wait for the next train.
If you are already in Paris and you lack money to visit expensive places..I suggest an interesting place that you can spend nice moments and even take "unforgettable" phtographs: Paris metro stations. In fact, in Paris, metro stations are more than simple palces to take a subway train. With the variety of people they contain (musicians, clowns, artists etc), the many posters, beatifuls lights , etc...you can enter into a very special world where each time there are new events and different people. Thus you can spend hours in those beautiful places without need to spend!!!!
When visiting the Louvre, take just a little time to cast a glance around the metro station. Not only is the inside built to resemble areas of the museum with various artefacts on display, but some of the entrances above ground are also a quite mad display of modern art - as they are adorned with hundred of baubles.
In addition you can also enter the main museum directly from the Metro stop, without having to go above ground.
The Paris Metro cannot only be very helpful to get around the city. It also can be a very interesting source of information. On line 1(the yellow line) there are three stations the are interesting:
- Station Bastille shows you a cartoon-alike image of the French history that took place on the square above the station: The French Revolution.
- Station Tuileries shows lots of articles from the whole of the 20th century and gives you a nice image of the history of the past century.
- Station Louvre-Rivoli is all designed to show the wealth of the museum above. Lots of nice statues are exposed in, to my opinion, the most beautiful station you´ll find in Paris.
Despite my grumbling about the stuffy subway in summer, I have to admit it is entertaining to take a ride on the metro. Why? Well, each time I hopped unto a train, my attention deficit disordered personality was kept at bay with buskers. I saw puppeteers, trumpeteers, pianists, mime artists who brought a smile to my face.
And what's more, the buskers have real talent.
It was only later that I found out that the busking scene in Paris is tightly controlled by the the Paris Metro authority's busker programme (known as the Accord on Metro Space, or EMA) . Every year, artists go through an audition every year to win one of the 360 licenses to busk on the Paris underground, or the chance to perform for the 2.5 million commuters who use the Metro every day. Who knows, some of them might be talented spotted for a big break..
I was switching from the Metro line to the RER line at the notoriously busy Châtelet station when the noise, a loud wind-like buzz gripped me.
I took this picture. The stress of noise pollution was beautiful in an eery, cryptic sort of a way.
These art nouveau signs were once the standard metro station signs but were fading away. Recent efforts to preserve and restore them mean that they are more in evidence. Not spectacular but bring to mind the soul of Paris as a world art center and just add to the ambience. Look for them as you travel the city.
Monroe that is...
Well, I didn't have a white dress on BUT my hair started flying all over the place! LOL
I didn't realize this was a metro grate when I stepped up on it and a second later, a metro train was rushing by under my feet and my hair was flying in air, it was great!
Naturally, I told hubby to get the camera ready for the next train and here's the shot.
If you like fun, goofy pics, you MUST do this.
This grate was located in Montmartre in front of the Moulin Rouge.