Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Musee de Metro - discover Paris' underground

  Welcome to our: Musee de Metro
Like an underground FREE Art Museum the METROS of PARIS are such a sight and attractions in their own right! We think there should be a metro tour in paris but for now we're calling our grand Idea the:

DIY 'Moving Musee de Metro' 

Grab a map, stay underground, admire interiors, people watch, get from one to the next fast AND ALL on 1 metro ticket. You can swap lines as much as you like, look around each station and move on to the next - cover all of Paris on 1.70eu (Metro ticket expires when you exit a station only)
TIP: But vitamin D is important, maybe have breaks at the cafes outside (a Carnet is a pack of 10 single metro tickets 12eu)
1. Art Metier
Redesigned by Belgian comic artist in a steam punk style reminiscent of the Parisian science fiction works of Jules Verne

2. Bastille Metro
The platforms on line 1 were decorated in 1989 to celebrate the bicentenary of the French Revolution
3. Graffiti @ Abbesses Metro
  At 36 metres (118 feet) below ground, named after the Place des Abbesses, referring to the abbesses of the nearby abbey of the Dames-de-Montmartre.

4. Porte Dauphine Metro
The station contains one of the only two remaining aedicules (entrances) originally designed by the Art Nouveau architect in 1899 (The other is at Abbesses). 
5. Pont Neuf Metro
On the station's platforms are large reproductions of various coins, representing the Monnaie de Paris (Paris mint). Platforms have an old set of scales for weighing money and two windows showing real coins.
6. Louvre Rivoli Metro
Decorated with replicas of ancient art from the Louvre Museum. It was the first metro station to become culturally decorated.

7. Liege Metro
Liège is refurbished with new ceramic decorations made in Welkenraedt, Belgium, which evoke the landscapes and monuments of the Province of Liège

8. Find-a-word walls @ Concorde
At Concorde the tunnel for line 12 is decorated with tiles spelling the Déclaration des Droits de l'Homme et du Citoyen.
9. Palais Royal Metro

The "Kiosque des noctambules" (The kiosk of night walkers) - one representing the day, the other the night - are made of glass beads coloured and threaded on a structure of aluminium, making an unexpected and original work in the very traditional environment.

iPhone App for Paris Metro

The only Metro app giving the location of all entrances and exits of all metro stations Download it here.

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