The Saints on the map of Paris

Whether you walk across Paris or look at the metro or street map, you often see places named after a Saint. Such familiar names as St Genevieve, St Denis, St Vincent de Paul etc... Have you ever wondered who were these saints on the map of Paris and what their history was? We did! Here is a bit of history on the Saints on the map of Paris.

Sainte Geneviève

Logically the patron saint of Paris, St. Geneviève, is the one you come across most often. Her statue by Paul Landowski graces the Pont de La Tournelle in the 4th district. There is also one in Jardin du Luxembourg. She is on the front of Notre Dame as well. The Catholic church is celebrating the 1600th anniversary of Genevieve this year. A relic, her index finger, and her sarcophagus is in a chapel dedicated to her in the church of St Etienne du Mont a church in the 5th arrondissement on the Montagne Sainte Geneviève where she lived and prayed.

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Villepreux a microcosm of French history

During the confinement we had a lot of time to walk around our town, Villepreux, 11,000 people situated in the Yvelines department west of Paris. A usually quiet, non-descript town, we hadn’t thought too much about it before but there were a couple of spots that intrigued us while out walking within one kilometer of the house. One of them was the path that we walked called the Chemin entre Deux Murs or the path between two walls. What two walls? what was that all about? Then there’s the old village with a couple of houses that look pretty old including one with visible half timbers. There’s a chateau, in fact there are two, plus centuries-old farms and a neighborhood called the Prieuré or priory. The new center of town is a 1960s construction out of cement. Town houses and a shopping area that hasn’t worn very well over the years. The first impression is that Villepreux is a rather ordinary suburban bedroom community of Paris or closer Versailles. But once you start looking…

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Metro-ci, Metro-là, the Paris Metro can be fun!

You know you're becoming Parisian when taking the Paris Metro does not sound like fun. For Parisians it is synonymous with métro, boulot dodo and the daily commute. There are some fun aspects to the Paris Metro though, you just have to take a minute to find them. Here's a few people's take on how to have fun with the Paris Metro. Gilles Esposito-Farèses, Physics researcher, poet and word play specialist made an entire map of the Paris metro, making an anagram of each station's name. Here's a few of his gems. See the full map on http://www.gef.free.fr/metro.html the blog of . With this map you'll be surely lost, but laughing ! Anagrams of Paris metro stations : Opéra : Apéro Marcel Sembat : L'as Camembert Sevrès-Lecourbe : Lèvres courbées Simplon : Mon slip Tuileries : Réutilisé George V : Over egg Campo Formio : I am from Coop Les Halles : Less a hell FUSAC's station : Porte de Saint Cloud : Ce tordu désopilant Shari Leslie Segall wrote about the Paris met…
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Journées du Patrimoine RATP: découvrez l’Histoire et les secrets de la RATP

La RATP fait partie intégrante du patrimoine de l’Ile-de-France, le réseau est tout à la fois l'un des plus denses et des plus fréquentés au monde (plus de 10 millions de voyages par jour) mais aussi l'un des plus anciens : la première ligne de métro a été ouverte en 1900. Partenaire historique des Journées européennes du patrimoine, la RATP propose: visites, balades, et autres rencontres qui permettent au public d’appréhender les transports en commun avec un autre regard. Voici quelques-uns des temps forts de cette 34ème édition qui se déroule le weekend du 16-17 septembre. La nouvelle visite pour 2013: 100 ans de patrimoine roulant C’est en proche banlieue parisienne, à Villeneuve Saint-Georges (94), dans une ancienne gare de triage typique du début du XXe siècle, que la RATP a entrepris depuis le début de l’année 2013, de regrouper tout le matériel roulant utilisé en Ile de France depuis le début des transports publics. Ainsi, c’est près d’un siècle d’histoire qui y est rep…
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The Paris Metro in 26 Easy Letters

THE PARIS METRO IN 26 EASY LETTERS

Accessibility: You’ve probably noticed that when the printed coordinates of a Parisian place of interest are given (a boutique, museum, restaurant, even a party-throwing private home), there is often a funny little symbol following the name, address, and phone number.  The funny little symbola capital M with a «degree» sign after it (M°) precedes yet another name, as in M° Pyramides or M° Ecole Militaire or M° Michel Bizot.  This designates the métro stop nearest the destination in question, a practice affirming that the métro is everywhere and used by everyone but the most crowd-averse snobs. (The site www.ratp.fr has an interactive map which can give you door-to-door itineraries with travel time indications for the entire metro, bus and train system in the Paris region. - Ed.)

Begging: On the rise in the métro and becoming worse seemin…

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Metro station names

It is said that the entirety of the ancient world’s knowledge could be found in the Royal Library of Alexandria (Egypt), built in the third century BCE. That might be so, but for what sometimes seems like the entirety of the modern world’s promulgators of, places for and perks from knowledge, all you need do is take out your Métro map, nestle into a quiet corner and wish yourself bon voyage through the encyclopedia of station names*: Following the famous? (You may have to look some of these folks up, and we’re leaving out ones whom even your French fellow commuters might not know!) Alexandre Dumas, Anatole France, (Bibliothèque)-François Mitterand, (Bobigny)-Pablo Picasso, Bolivar, (Champs-Elysées)-Clemenceau, Charles de Gaulle-(Etoile), (Chaussée d’Antin)-La Fayette, Emile Zola, Félix Faure, Franklin D. Roosevelt, George V, (Javel)-André Citroën, Michel-Ange (of Sistine Ceiling fame), Pasteur, Pierre et Marie Curie, Robespierre, Victor Hugo, Voltaire, etc. Jumping for geogra…
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Do you know this rabbit?

Do you know this rabbit? You've probably seen him hundreds of times, but can you recognize him out of context? This is Serge, the safety rabbit of the Paris Metro. You mostly see him down low - at kid's height - on the insides of the doors reminding kiddos to keep their hands away so as to not be pinched. Serge has been around since 1977 and was first drawn by Anne LeLagadec. She chose a rabbit dressed like a child because rabbits express fragility, softness and run around without paying attention to their surroundings (so she said). In 1986 the safety rabbit was redrawn in a yellow  jumpsuit to make him more visible and he became the unofficial mascot of the Paris metro. He even got a name: Serge, after Serge Maury who drew this second incarnation. Last week a third version of Serge was unveiled. Fresh stickers of Serge, who is now wearing a t-shirt, jeans and sneakers, are being progressively affixed to the 24,000 metro (and RER) car doors. If you look carefully you'll note …
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