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The parisian metro : the stories behind some of its famous stations


The parisian metro : the stories behind some of its famous stations


When you take the metro, it is not insignificant that some stations names call you. Do you know the story behind some names of metro stations? Here are some names of metro stations and their historical references.

The history of the metro station “Boulogne Jean Jaurès”

He was born in 1859. Jean Jaures began his career as a philosophy teacher, then became a journalist and founded “L’Humanité” before involving himself as a pacifist activist in several political causes. He was assassinated in 1914 in Paris. Currently two metro stations in Paris has his name.

The history of the metro station “Victor Hugo”

Victor Hugo was first a poet, a writer and a senator. He is the author of the famous novels “Les Miserables” and “Notre Dame de Paris” which have been adapted to the cinema and which today belong to the classics of French literature. At its burial in 1885, more than 2 million people were present!

The history of the metro station “Louise Michel”

Louise Michel is one of the two women to give her name to an underground station. Initially she was a school teacher, then she involved in political battles. She was also the friend of Victor Hugo. She died in 1905 and was buried in the cemetery of Levallois-Perret.

The history of the Montparnasse-Bienvenue metro station

Fulgence Montaparnasse was an Engineer and is at the origin of the creation of the Paris metro, of drinking water, of the funicular of Belleville and of the development of the Buttes Chaumont park. In 1881 he was the victim of a work accident and had an amputation of his left arm. The first metro line was inaugurated in 1900.

The history of the “Gare de l’Est” metro station

This station was built between 1847 and 1850 and it is the station of departure of many soldiers to the East during the first World War. Today the trains leads in particular to Strasbourg, the seat of the European Parliament, the symbol of peace.

To discover other stories of parisian metro names, go to the website metro.paris/fr

The Unusual evenings in Paris: discover Paris by night differently


Paris is full of theaters, cinemas and bars in different neighborhoods. But what are the unusual evenings to discover in Paris? Here are some addresses of good plans to do to visit Paris otherwise.

Unusual shows and evenings in Paris

Every Friday and Saturday night between 10pm and midnight, the Galande Studio proposes the adaptation of the movie Rocky Horror Picture Show wich was released in 1975. The show is inspired by the film (actors disguised as the characters etc) and spectators are invited to participate at the show. The studio is in the fifth neighborhood and the ticket costs 11 euros.

Spend an unusual evening at the Vampire Museum! This museum is full of information and objects about vampirism and Dracula. It proposes an evening in the museum with visiting conference and a meal for about 30 euros. The evening takes place between 8 pm and 1 am in the Paris suburb Les Lilas.

Enjoy magic shows and free concerts at a bar called Les Cariatides in the 2nd neigborhood between 6pm and 4am. The plate of tapas is at 10 euros and the happy hours at 6 euros between 18h and 21h. The programming is different every day.

The unusual bars in Paris

Enjoy an evening in an ice bar in a -7 degree temperature called the Ice Kube. Located in a hotel, you are provided with a down jacket, gloves to spend half an hour in this icy atmosphere in the 18th nieghborhood. The half hour costs 38 euros and includes 4 cocktails with a part of vodka. You will also listen to electro music. The bar is open between 7 pm and 1:30 am.

Enjoy bare-chested barmen in a bar called Le Latin Corner in the 5th nieghborhood, open between 4 pm and 2 am and enjoy an exceptional show if you take the “server sperm” cocktail.

Enjoy spending time in an unusual bar with mangas and video games. The hot and cold drinks are unlimited and the first hour costs 3 euros. Themed evenings take also place. This bar is open until 10pm.

The bar “Urgence Bar” in the sixth neighborhood offers a hospital atmosphere with syringes and medicines among others. The cocktail costs 8 euros every Tuesday and Wednesday evening between 9pm and 11pm and on the first Thursday of each month you will have gifts and surprises.

For more unusual outlet addresses, visit the website sortie-insolite.fr

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The Père-Lachaise cemetery


The Père Lachaise cemetery is the most extensive and well known cemetery in Paris. There are buried famous celebrities and personalities. Here is a historical panorama of the Père- Lachaise cemetery and information on its access and prices.

History of the Père-Lachaise cemetery

This cemetery is the most visited in Paris. It is located in the 20th neighborhood of the capital and its name is from the priest confessor of King Louis XIV. It is an English park and it extends over 44 hectares and 70,000 concessions. It exists since 1804. That year the cemetery had only 13 graves and rose to 833 in 1812. You can find several styles in this park, from the Gothic to the Haussmannian style and the antique style. You can discover the burials of famous characters such as Jim Morrison, the writers Oscar Wilde and Honoré de Balzac and the singer Edith Piaf. You will be able to discover both these burials and the history of this cemetery and to walk in peace.

Opening hours and access to Père-Lachaise

The visit of Père-Lachaise is free. Guided tours are held on Saturdays and Sundays. It is open from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm Monday to Friday between November and mid-March, and from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm Saturday and from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm on Sundays and on public holidays. Between mid-March and October it is open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm from Monday to Friday, then from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday during the same period and from 9 :00 am to 6 :00 pm on Sundays and public holidays such as the 15th of August or 14 th of July.

For more information on the Père-Lachaise cemetery, visit the Paris Tourist Office website.

Living Paris by Parisians


When you stay in Paris, you will visit museums and traditional places recommended for tourists. But do you know that there are places you should visit recommended by Parisians or to good plans to meet them? Here is how to live Paris by the Parisians.

Living Paris by meeting Parisians

Living Paris by eating at Parisians’home

The VizEat application and website (available on the Apple Store and Google Play) allows anyone to have a good plan to discover the culinary products of the capital. For example, it offers a cooking class or a market tour or a dinner at a parisian’s home to share a convivial moment typical of the capital. These good plans are for french and tourists.

The application is available in English, German, Spanish, Italian and Chinese and is also aimed to school, business or leisure groups.

Living in Paris by being hosted by a resident

You can also stay for free at the habitant thanks to the Tranpolinn application which operates by a system of points gain. It allows you to find a room, or accommodation for example among more than 4000 destinations or you can purpose your own room for a short stay. The person then informs her profile, her photo and exchange with the possible owners when she wishes to host to the habitant in a city or a specific country. Following his passage she can add a comment on the housing she occupied.

Living Paris by Parisians through the CIWY application

This application (CIWY: Can I welcome you) will allow you to discover the good addresses and good plans of the Parisians who wish to make you discover their daily life in the cultural and leisure fields. You will discover shops of districts which will reserve you a warm welcome and products of quality for example or even ideas of thematic outputs of the moment.

For more ideas of good plans, go to the website of the Tourist Office.

The unusual museums of Paris


When you are visiting Paris, you have to visit the museums of the capital. But do you know what are the unusual museums of Paris not to be missed? Here are a few unusual museum addresses.

The unusual museums in the North of Paris

The Museum of Phonograph and of Sound History

It is located in Pigalle. This museum exhibits th gramophones and phonographs that have been used to record film music such as « Inglorious Basterds or « Minuit à Paris ». The objects are collected and preserved for 25 years. A museum not to be missed!

The Grévin Museum

In the 9th neigborhood, you will discover a place where there are over 200 wax characters and celebrities such as Ryan Gosling or Jennifer and Mika from the show the Voice or Mozart.

The Chocolate Museum

In the 10th neigborhood, you will discover the history of chocolate by meeting chocolate makers, by tasting chocolate, having fun with your family, playing with children and watching life-size sculptures 3 meters high in chocolate !

The Caves of the Louvre

It opened recently to the public in the 1st neigborhood. The museum of wine and its history proposes a course with one or more wine tastings (15 euros for one tasting or 19 euros for 3 tastings) or an assembly workshop.

Unusual museums in the South of Paris

The Museum of Natural History

It is located in the 5thneighborhood at the station Gare d’Austerlitz. you will discover everything related to prehistory and evolution. Life-size animals such as giraffes show you in an incredible universe.

The Museum of fairground arts.

It is located in the 12th neighborhood. You will be able to come back to the atmosphere of the funfair of the 19th century with among others a restoration workshop of carnival.

The catacombs of Paris

In the 14th neighborhood at the Place Denfert-Rochereau, you will discover the catacombs of Paris on an area of 11,000 square meters and its many bones from Paris cemeteries in the endless labyrinths. The ambient temperature is 14 degrees and the visit is not recommended for people suffering from cardiac and respiratory problems.

For more ideas of visits, do not hesitate to consult the site.

The catacombs of Paris


Among the Paris most unmissable visits, choose the catacombs of Paris for its atmosphere and its extraordinary visit. Here is a panorama of the origins of the catacombs of Paris and a description of the visit.

The history of the catacombs of Paris

The origin of the catacombs dates back to the 18th century. The name “Catacombs” refers to an ossuary linked to the catacombs of Rome, a name linked to a cemetery which is not far from there.

In the catacombs, you can discover the bones of more than 6 million Parisians! In the 1800s, personalities like François 1st or Napoleon went down to visit these catacombs, a visit to do.

The catacombs opened to the public in the beginning of the 19th century and attracted a lot of people.

It is a veritable underground labyrinth of 20 meters deep underground in old quarries. A timeless visit that can cause chills.

The visit of the catacombs of Paris

The tour begins with the 130 steps down to the underground galleries. You can discover the the Arcueil Aqueduct, the crossing of the lower catacombs, the entrance to the ossuary and the “Samaritaine” fountain.

The visit lasts 45 minutes on a one-way course of 2 kilometers. Audio guides are available in English, Spanish and German for foreign tourists for 5 euros.

It is an ideal visit during Halloween day because of its slippery floor, low light, narrow spaces and its temperature (14 °).
The catacombs are open from 10 am to 8.30 pm from Tuesday to Sunday and are accessible from the Place Denfert-Rochereau in the 14th neigboorhood. Guided tours in groups are possible during the week.

Please note: this visit is not recommended for people with respiratory problems. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information on the visit, visit the website: catacombes.paris.fr

Nocturnes in museums


When you are visiting Paris, it is use to visit museums.But did you know that it is possible to visit the museums at night or in the evening when most visitors are gone?

Here is a list of Parisian museums to visit at night or the evening during the year.

Visit the Parisian museums during the week

On Mondays: the Jacquemart-André museum and the Maillol Museum are open in the evening until 9.30 pm;

Tuesday: The Jeu de Paume Museum is open until 9 pm and the Cartier Foundation until 10 pm

On Wednesdays: the Louvre Museum and the Grand Palais are open until 10 pm. The Pinacotheque until and the Museum of the Hunting and the Nature until 9H30 pm. The Rodin Museum and the Henry Cartier Bresson Foundation until 9H45 pm

On Thursdays: the Museum of Modern Art and the Luxembourg Museum are open until 10 pm, the Musée des Arts et Métiers until 9.30 pm, 9.45 pm for the Musée d’Orsay or 23 pm for the Center Georges Pompidou.

Friday: The Louvre is open until 10 pm, the Musée Maillol until 9:30 pm and the Musée du Quai Branly until 9 pm.
Visiting the Parisian museums during the weekend

Saturday: The Jacquemart André Museum is open until 9:30 pm and the Quai Branly Museum is open until 9 pm.

Sunday: The Cinematheque is open until 8 pm.

Please note: during the European night of museums on 20 May, it is possible to visit many museums all night long.
For more addresses, please visit the site evous.fr

The nocturnes in the museums of Paris

The history of the Paris metro (and unusual projects)

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The Paris metro has nearly 303 metro stations and attracts nearly 1.5 billion passengers by year. Like the city of Paris, it has an history of which a man is originally “Fulgence Bienvenue”. Discover the history of the Paris metro from the 19th century to nowadays.

The beginnings of the Paris metro in the 19th century

In 1895, it was decided to build an urban network to connect the capital and to modernize it. Then, The project was entrusted to a man « Fulgence Bienvenue who became the technical manager of the project in 1898. The aim was to build by 1911 six subway lines.

The work caused a great upheaval for the Parisians who saw their city destructured by the latter.

Opening of line 1st at the beginning of the 20th century

It was in July 1900 that the first line of the Paris metro was opened, connecting Porte Maillot to Porte de Vincennes. It had then three months late but attracted from the start around 4 million people. Fulgace Bienvenue will direct the creation of new subway lines until 1932 (he is at that time 80 years old!) And died in 1936.

The metro line Montparnasse Bienvenue then takes its name in memory.

The metro during the Occupation (1940-1944)

During the occupation some subway lines are reduced and some are completely stopped. This is the case for lines 6, 11, 14 and 2, while others such as 13 and 4, for example, operate entirely. At that time, there were 85 open stations on 332. At the end of the Occupation, the Parisian subway was bombed.

During the year 1946 the traffic reached 1 billion 500 million travelers!

The existing lines are gradually extended from 1970 to nowadays. This is the case of line 3 which extends from Gambetta to Gallieni or for the line 4 which extends from Porte de Vanves to Montrouge.

For more historical information, visit unjourdeplusaparis.com

History of the Paris metro



Do you stay for some days in Paris and look for ideas of good plans to visit ? Here are some ideas of best visits in Paris not to be missed!

Paris’ best museums

The Louvre Museum is undoubtedly one of the best museums of Paris to visit with its famous pyramid and its several permanent collections.

The Musée d’Orsay is also an historical place for its architecture and its impressionists.

The historical monuments of Paris

The Eiffel Tower is the main historical monument. You can go upstairs and observe the beautiful view of the capital or eat in a restaurant in the center of the tower.

The Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris in the 5th neighborhood is also a monument not to be missed. It is possible to visit it as well as the archaeological crypt on the square of Notre-Dame.

Attention to long queues in summer!

The Pantheon in the 5th neighborhood is also a beautiful place to visit for its architecture. The entrance costs 7.50 euros during the summer and is free from November to the end of March.

The Arc de Triomphe is one of the historical monuments not to be missed in the 8th neighborhood. You can go upstairs and observe the whole avenue of the Champs-Elysees.

The Basilica of the Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre with its Roman and Byzantine style overlooks the city and offers a surprising view of the capital.

The best places to visit in Paris

The Père Lachaise cemetery in the 19th neighborhood is a peaceful and verdant place to recharge and walk among the tombs of various celebrities such as Jim Morrison, Edith Piaf or Balzac.

The Avenue des Champs Elysees is the most beautiful avenue in Paris where you will find designe and luxury shops among French brands such as Zara or Promod.

The islands L’Île de la Cité and L’Île Saint-Louis offer a romantic walk in the ancient Paris.

To know more addresses, visit the website evous.fr

Paris’ best places to visit

The different places to go shopping in Paris


While your stay in Paris, you can go shopping in one of the many commercial streets of Paris : in clothes’ shops and in specialized stores. Discover different places for shopping in Paris.

Where to go shopping on the Right Bank of Paris?

Shopping centers and big stores

In the neighborhood of Châtelet you will find two large places for shopping.

1. The BHV in the Marais is a place that sells fashion accessories, designer clothing, cooking utensils and cultural objects.

2. The underground gallery at Les Halles offers a variety of shops selling clothes, shoes, books, cooking utensils, jewelry and beauty and perfumery (Sephora, Bourgeois for cosmetics and Minelli and San Marina for Shoes for example).

GOOD TO KNOW: the gallery has been recently renovated, you will discover its new architecture outside and new shops and restaurants to eat.

Further North in the neighborhood of Saint-Lazare you will find the famous store the Printemps and the Galeries Lafayette which offer the same types of items as the BHV. The Galeries Lafayette also offers food products.
Neighborhoods with specialty shops for shopping in Paris

The Franc-Bourgeois street in the Marais purposes various trendy clothing stores such as Zadig and Voltaire or Mellow Yellow. You will also find cosmetic products from the Bobby Brown or Kiehl’s brands.

The street of Rivoli offers traditional stores such as Promod, Yves Rocher, Bocage, Sephora or Mango.
The street Saint-Anne on the side of the Pyramides district is full of shops of Japanese products.
The Saint Pierre market at Barbès offers many fabrics and accessories for sewing.

Where to go shopping on the Left Bank of Paris?

The shopping centers of the Left Bank of Paris

The shopping center Italie 2 in the south of Paris has traditional brands such as Promod, Camaieu, Zara and Fnac, and offers food shops such as Kusmi Tea or fruit juice stands (Zumo) by example.

The Beaugrenelle shopping center in the 15th neighboorhood offers less conventional stores: Hollister, Sandro, Tommy Hillfiger …

Neighborhoods with specialty shops for shopping in Paris

The rue de Rennes in the sixth neighborhood invites you into the traditional clothes shops (Naf Naf, Pimkie, Zara, Etam …) and offers some atypical boutiques (toys store, plastic accessories).

Not far from there, in the boulevard Saint-Germain, there are shops of the brands Sisley, Carroll, Bruce Fields.
To find more addresses go to www.guideduparisien.fr
Where to go for shopping in Paris ?