15.2.09

Mid-month theme - subways

Well... normally I don’t post on Sundays but today is the 15th of the month, meaning that it’s time for the mid-month theme “subways” which I share with bloggers from New York, Stockholm, Budapest ... and now also from London. Mo (you can see her portrait here), with a blog called “Fresh Eyes on London” kindly offered to join the team.








You can find today’s and some related posts by using the following links:

New York City Daily BlogStockholm by pixelsBudapest by Andrea GerakFresh Eyes on LondonPeter’s Paris.

(You can also find some other related older posts on my previous blog via this link: PHO.)

This is a quite different Paris métro station, “Arts et Métiers”. It was designed by the Belgian illustrator François Schuiten in 1994 to mark the bicentury of the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts) and its museum which are served by this station. It‘s intended to remind about Jules Verne, completely covered by copper – including the dust-bins. Through a number of port-holes you can see models of different technical inventions, which you can study in full size in the museum just above the station (which I will revert on soon).

Please note that “Arts et Métiers” is served by two lines, no. 3 and no. 11. To see this decoration you must use line 11 (Châtelet-Mairie des Lilas), which was created quite late – in 1935 – partly in order to replace a cable-car service (like in San Francisco) between Place de la République and the hills of Belleville.

My friends know that I have problems to come up with these subway posts. The last two months I have got help from Virginia and Karen. This time (when for once I had something to show) Cergie kindly sent me a very nice photo (see below) from the station “Porte de Vincennes”, being under work (somehow brought back to its original design). In the meantime some old posters appeared. Although I already had something I thought I should also bring this one to you... and remind you that today is Cergie’s birthday! (I actually made a post with a similar subject concerning my “own” metro station, “Brochant”, a couple of months ago.) Happy Birthday Cergie!

39 comments:

Per Stromsjo said...

That's a creative approach, turning the station into sort of a display window for the museum.

Happy subway day !

Michelle said...

I love the old picture that is on the wall of the subway. You always take the best pictures. We have been busy here just had Trey's 6th b-day today. I will be posting pictures soon. Have a great Valetines Day!!

Ming the Merciless said...

The first and last photos are extremely memorable. The first one looks like a space ship while the last one looks like a deconstructed art project. :-)

Happy Subway Day.

Virginia said...

Bravo Peter!!!! You made a lovely post today! I think this metro is one I must see in person. It's not at all like any I remember. In fact, I double checked to make sure you were using a "Paris" shot. Cergie's photo is grand as well. I see you are still having fun borrowing
nice photos! HA However you get them we enjoy! In May, maybe we'll find some different ones together again.
V
PS Now you have permission to use my very LAST one I sent. It's your choice!

Neva said...

I still have a Metro ticket left over from my trip there in /04. Nice shots of the subway...I found it to be very very clean.....

GMG said...

Hi Peter! Arts et Métiers! It surely deserved your post, even on Sundays, my Blogger's Day... ;))
The post on Northern Marais (Le Marais is one of my favourite quarters in Paris) is awesome! Loved to see the picasso again and the amazing «petites ruelles» all around! Not to mention the fabulous churches!
Ah, and the Temple!!!
Outstanding!
Have a great Sunday!!
Blogtrotter

Chuck Pefley said...

All that copper certainly does remind one of J Verne's Nautilus. Amazing! I sorry I didn't see this while in Paris!

alice said...

Ah, mon hôtel n'était pas loin lors de mon dernier passage! Elle fait un peu "Monde de Nemo", cette station et tes photos nous font aussi croire qu'on est dans un sous-marin...Bonne fin de dimanche et bises!

ALAIN said...

La station "Porte de Vincennes" a été "nettoyée" depuis le passage de Cergie, dommage.

Mo said...

Arts & Métiers is one of my favourite metro stops in Paris. I love the museum as well. Thanks for the promotion of my site.

Marie-Noyale said...

Elle fait partie d'une des plus belles stations ,pour ceux qui aiment l'originalite.
Worth a Sunday post!!

Peter Fristedt said...

The copper station is quite cool Peter!

Happy subway day!

Bettina said...

I have never been to this "submarine" Metro station, but I'm definitely going there after this post. The place is just amazing.

Bettina said...

OH, and MO from London, you're very cute ;-)

Karen said...

Wow..Peter, wonderful photos and another place I must see on my next visit.. and Happy Birthday, Cergie! Cergie's photo reminds me of the exhibit on signs/collage I saw at the Pompidou Center.

Thank you for the link to my blog.

Peter said...

Per:
Somehow I believe I prefer when the original design is kept, but this station is quite nice!

Michelle:
Thanks (although the picture you mention is by Cergie) ! :-)

Ming:
You are right, this is somehow "art"!

Peter said...

Virginia:
Thanks again V, I keep you last one in reserve, but this time I had something else and as it was Cergie's birthday... ! :-)

Neva:
I hope your ticket is still valid! :-)

GMG:
A great blogging Sunday for you, as usual! :-)

Peter said...

Chuck:
Thanks for coming here! So, next time...! :-)

Alice:
En effet, ça fait "Nemo"! Too late for Sunday, so I wish you a nice week instead! Bises!

Alain:
C'est bien que Cergie a pu photographier avant que ça soit trop tard!

Peter said...

Mo:
Some promotion is always nice! :-)

Marie-Noyale:
Bien original, en effet! Tant pis pour mon dimanche! :-)

Peter F:
Nice subway day to you as well!

Peter said...

Bettina:
So it will be soon then!

Bettina bis:
Yes, isn't she?

Karen:
We must always keep the links between bloggers!

Olivier said...

dans la première partie, on pourrait se croire dans un univers très jules Verne, dans le sous-marin de némo. J'aime beaucoup la dernière.

Rakesh Vanamali said...

Wow! I'm glad I didnt miss out these wonderful pictures!

Catherine said...

Paris concentrerait autant de curiosités en surface qu'en
sous-sol !??
Je viens de suivre le parcours des stations de métro, je les connaissais toutes excepté celle-ci.
Le post sur Guimard est trés intéressant, samedi soir, on m'a parlé d'une école privée dans le
16ème qui est son oeuvre. Est-ce celle du Sacré Coeur ? Il faudra que je vérifie.
En ce qui concerne Arts et Métiers, j'ai honte d'avouer que je pense ne jamais y être passée, ou alors j'étais absorbée dans ma lecture ! Une visite s'impose. Un musée pour le prix d'un ticket de métro.
Comme je l'ai dit à Olivier, je ne m'impose aucune règle en ce qui concerne la fréquence des posts.
Et je suis bien contente que vous ayiez transgressé vos règles ce week-end, Messieurs : ) Au boulot !

Catherine said...

Je viens de lire Brochant et ses secrets dévoilés.
Et, tu nous parles de notre enfance, là. Une question me passe par la tête : Peter est-il vraiment Suedois ? Parce que tout ce à quoi tu fais allusion, c'est du Vécu, des détails qui ont fabriqué nos souvenirs des années 60 !
Je me souviens effectivement qu'on m'ait trainée toute petite à Orly. Extra, le voyage dans le temps.

mum said...

J'adore cette station de métro des Arts et Métiers... je crois que c'est ma préféree !!!

Azer Mantessa said...

A change of view is always something new :-)

Thérèse said...

On pourrait se croire dans un sous-marin et puis quand on remet les pieds sur terre on s'aperçoit que quelque chose a légérement changé entre temps (dernière photo)

Peter said...

Olivier:
J'étais sur que tue allais préf&rer ka photo de Cergie! :-)

Rakesh:
Happy then that you found them!

Catherine:
Je vois que tue as fait quelques parcours sur mon blog! Merci!
Je crois que l'école dans le 16è est bien Sacré Coeur. Tu peux la retrouver su ma liste dans le post http://peter-olson.blogspot.com/2007/09/hector-guimard-under-construction.html
En photo, c'est le bâtiment sur pieds métalliques.

Peter said...

Catherine bis:
Ca fait 35 ans que je suis à Paris. Les années 60, je les ai vécu en Suède, mais un peu dans la même ambiance. On allait aussi à notre petit aéroport, voir les avions décoller et atterir!

mum:
C'est vrai qu'elle est belle cette station, mais MA préferénce va peut-être aux stations qui ont gardé leur architecture originale. :-)

Azer:
I think I can say nothing against this statement! :-)

Peter said...

Thérèse:
En effet! :-)

JM said...

Although very different, first and last photos are my favourites! #1 is fantastic, it looks like a science fiction movie set!

JoAnn's-D-Eyes said...

nice always the Parisian subways!!!

Cergie said...

Il n'y a pas un grand contraste entre les deux stations finalement. Toutes les deux s'inscrivent dans la fuite du temps et l'évolution des techniques...
Merci pour tes bons voeux, Peter

Dusty Lens said...

I live in a city without subways. We were a bit uneasy to ride the Metro in Paris. But on our first Metro trip form Rue Bosquet to Luovre I was happy to experience how simple and efficient the trip was. We rode the Metro daily when we visited Paris. I actually miss riding the trains and planning excursions using our Paris Pratique map book.

I too have but a few photos of Paris Metro and one video of a band playing inside.

Nathalie said...

J'aime beaucoup ta dernière photo, celle du père et fils regardant l'affiche déchirée porte de Vincennes. Vraiment une composition qui me plait !

Peter said...

JM:
I guess the science fiction was intended here!

JoAnn:
Sometimes nice, always handy!

Cergie:
Tu vois des choses...! :-)

Peter said...

Dusty Lens:
Maybe something that I can borrow for a coming month?

Nathalie:
Merci pour le compliment... à Cergie! :-)

Kate said...

Your photos make me long to be back in Paris again! I always enjoyed "people watching" on the subway. Can't recall this "tube-like" station, though.

Peter said...

Kate:
Well, if you wish to visit them all...! :-) But, yes, you should consider coming back! :-)