15.3.09

Mid-month theme - subways

Once more, the day for the mid-month theme “subways” is on a Sunday, when I normally don’t post. Once more I will also “cheat the system” by using photos which have kindly been supplied by other bloggers, taken during their visits to Paris.

This first one is offered by Dusty Lens. It’s from « Rue du Bac ». This station is on line 12 and dates from 1910 and is situated on the corner where Rue du Bac crosses Boulevard Raspail and Boulevard Saint Germain, a nice area to visit. If you would walk along Rue du Bac, you would reach “Le Bon Marché” at one end (see previous post) and the Seine bridge “Pont Royal” (see previous post) at the other end. The street got its name from a “bac”, mening ferry, which used to cross the river before the construction of the bridge. The second photo is an additional contribution by Virginia and was taken at the station “Varenne”. As you can guess from the looks, it’s the perfect station for a visit to Musée Rodin (see previous post) and also to the Invalides (see previous post). This station, on line 13, was opened as late as 1923. If our Prime Minister would use the metro (doubtful), he could use this station, as his official residence is on Rue de Varenne. (He could actually also use “Rue du Bac”, not far away.)

The “subway” theme is shared with bloggers from New York, Stockholm, London, Budapest and Paris. You can find today’s and other related posts by using the following links:

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

34 comments:

Catherine said...

Un homme assis à la station Varenne attend son métro, perdu dans ses pensées. Attitude fréquente de l'usager parisien.
Peut-être attend-t-il sa Camille qui ne vient pas ?

Cezar and Léia said...

Just to say I've been here enjoyed your posts!
:-) kind regards
Léia

Virginia said...

I"m here to serve Peter!HA Now I"m officially fresh out of Metro shots. You and I will have to work hard to get your coffers full again while I'm there this summer! I like DL's photograph. I think I remember the orange chairs but who knows. Good news - I think I've learned the Metro system from my French teacher .....maybe. :)
V

feasting-on-pixels (terrie) said...

Beautiful work cher Peter...!
Varenne is a fave stop for me when I did not walk from rue Cler to Musee Rodin

You captured this perfectly.
Love your images so much.
Just arrived home as it is almost midnight here...promise to write Dimanche...bisous...xxx

Per Stromsjo said...

If the Prime Minister won't use your subway, that's his loss!

We've got ourselves a guest commuter as well this time.

Happy subway day !

Eddy said...

Et oui, tous Parisiens qui se respectent, se déplacent en métro.
"Rue du Bac", c'est sur ma ligne !!!

Ming the Merciless said...

I love Le Bon Marché. And I remember taking the subway there just to visit the supermarket.

I am always so impressed with the cleanliness and efficiency of the Paris Metro.

Happy Subway Day, Peter.

Cutie said...

Subways... gosh, the last time I was here was like 5 years ago. Really hope to go back there again.

Abe said...

Interesting post and pictures, Peter.

Carole said...

On s'est peut-être croisés hier...
"Rue du bac" c'est aussi sur ma ligne !
A bientôt
carole

JM said...

Great shots! Virginia and you did it well. I like the juxtaposition on the subway map.

Ash said...

Interesting! :-)

lyliane said...

Mais à qu'elle heure voyages tu? Il n'y a jamais un chien dans le métro, à part cet homme pensif qui se demande s'il ne s'est pas trompé de ligne.

*SparkleMirror* Kiln-Fired Art said...

Beautiful, short, sweet, and informative... a fine collaboration

alice said...

Tu l'as raté, Peter, il faudra attendre la rame suivante! ;-)

ALAIN said...

Je ne sais pas qui a choisi le "penseur" pour décorer cette station (peut etre un ex premier ministre) mais c'est tout a fait dans le ton. Les utilisateurs du métro parisien ont souvent cet air constipé.

Jill said...

Nice DL and V! I played along today with a 'subway wannabe' theme!

Adam said...

Curious photo the first. The colours make it look as if it were taken in the 1960s, and how often is it that you find a Metro station with no-one there? Well, it is in the rich districts I guess!

Andrea Gerak said...

Wow Peter, and you even had time to put it on the map, despite Sunday!

Dusty Lens said...

thanks, Peter. We spent a lot of time on the 12 line last April. I actually miss the Metro.

Peter said...

Catherine:
En effet, des fois il faut attendre - y compris sa "Camille! :-(

Léia:
Kind regards... and all the best!

Virginia:
You will soon be back for more metro photos! :-)

Peter said...

Terrie:
From Rue Cler, not far away, you SHOULD walk! :-)

Per:
Our ministers would only use the metro for a photo in the press! :-)

Eddy:
... and Varenne is on mine! :-)

Peter said...

Ming:
Happy you like our metro! It's not too bad! :-)

Cutie:
5 years is much! :-)

Abe:
Thanks ... and best regards to Pat!

Peter said...

Carole:
J'étais sur d'autres lignes hier! Les photos sont de Virginia et Dusty Lens... et datent un peu! :-)

JM:
Don't forget Dusty Lens! :-)

Ash:
Good! :-)

Peter said...

Lylaine:
Ce n'est pas moi! Les photos sont de Dusty Lens et Virginia. (Moi, je voyage à n'importe quelle heure - sauf très tôt le matin!) :-)

SparkleMirror:
It's good to cooperate! :-)

Alice:
Pas grave... sauf si tu m'attends! :-)

Peter said...

Jill:
I read your post. Thanks for the promotion! Your photo today really makes you think "subway"! :-)

Adam:
I guess it's more a question of which hour... and if one train just left! :-)

Andrea:
Tough Sunday job! :-)

Peter said...

Dusty Lens:
It's still there, waiting for you! :-)

Thérèse said...

A y repenser je suis rarement passée par Varenne... elles ont du charmes ces stations quand même.

richard said...

Now that is a bit unfair! London Underground maybe, but in Paris there is no excuse for a guy to looks so pensive and miserable while waiting for the Metro. Of course, maybe in Rodins day he was just waiting for construction to be completed....

Mo said...

Oh I love the way you have the phtos linked to a map. How do you do this.

Butler and Bagman said...

I, too, love the embedded photo in the map and the picture of the subway is impressive by itself. It brings back good memories of the one time my wife and I were in Paris, negotiating the subways. They were easier than I had expected, even with almost no French in our vocabularies.

Peter said...

Thérèse:
Oui... quand'même! :-)

Richard:
Rodin died 1917, the station was ready in 1923...! Poor guy! :-)

Mo:
PowerPlay. :-)

Peter said...

Butler & Bagman:
With a good metro map... :-)

bobsch said...

My daughter once lived in an apartment on Blvd St-Germain at Ru du Four. If you leaned way out and looked down Rue du Four, you could just see the "Bon" part of the Le Bon Marche sign. It was nice to look out and see that things were "Bon." An interesting coincidence was her marriage to a man named Dufour.