Chatelet les halles with 5 metro lines and 3 rer lines, is the worlds largest underground station. Fulgence bienvenue, chief engineer for bridges and roadways, accepted the network project in july 1897, and work began on 4th october 1898. A ticket to french history by susan l plotkin recommended on this forum a few times. Schrag tells the story of the great society subway from its earliest rumblings to the present day, from arlington to college park, eisenhower to marion barry. It has been followed by two sequels, metro 2034 and metro 2035, and spawned the vast metro media franchise. List of books and articles about paris history online. Jan 28, 2015 paris has an array of history of offer above ground, but you may be surprised to know how much you can learn underground in the paris metro. About this journey the average travel time between thionville and paris is 2h31 minutes. Book about origins of paris metro names rick steves travel. The metro has 14 lines, mostly underground, running to 214 km in length.
By 19, the metro network had already grown to comprise ten lines. From 55 million in 1901, the number of passengers had increased to 467 million by 19. There is an average of 20 trains a day between biarritz and paris, leaving approximately every 28 minutes. The museums of paris are some of the best in the world. Photo book captures paris metro history from 1900 to present. These tickets are valid for a single continuous journey of any length. The history of the paris metro for dummies, takes you on a journey back through time. There is an average of 27 trains a day between thionville and paris, leaving approximately every 24 minutes. A trip to paris for any tourist is incomplete without at least one ride through the 115yearold metro system.
Its a history that is far too long and complex to summarize quickly, but heres a brief account of key events and facts. History washington metropolitan area transit authority the washington metropolitan area transit authority metro was created by an interstate compact in 1967 to plan, develop, build, finance, and operate a balanced regional transportation system in the national capital area. Taken separately, these are charming historic tales about a city known and loved by many, but read as a whole metro stop paris goes straight to the heart of what is quintessentially parisian. A free pullout city map is marked with sights from the guidebook and includes a street index and a metro map. A concise history of the highlights in the creation and transformation of the paris metro. How to use the paris metro feels like home in paris. Halfway through the book lorant deutsch brings the reader barely to c. Moi aussi floats the dark shadow, with painters, poets, occultists and a serial killer. Raymond queneaus supremely ludic 1959 novel zazie dans le metro. You get 10 undated single journey tickets, enabling you to travel using the metro, public buses, tramways within zones, rer zone 1 only, and includes the montmartre funicular. An adventure history of paris, a valentine to the city of light.
After buying a flat in the marais, the author digs into the history of the building and the evolution of one of paris great neighborhoods. Walking into this museum is as though stepping into a novel and journeying through paris history. For hussey, paris is a city whose long and conflicted history continues to thrive and change. Metro stop paris is a thinkers guide to paris made up of slices of life, little vignettes drawn from pariss two thousand years of history. Become an expert with the history of the paris metro for dummies. Les miserables by victor hugo, a moveable feast by ernest hemingway, a tale of two cities by charles dickens, my life in fr. Mar 15, 2006 in the first comprehensive history of the metro, zachary m. Apr 30, 2006 find the answers to these questions and many others in this fascinating new book, which gives you the history behind the names of all the metro stations in paris. Although visiting a museum may seem like an activity reserved for adults, kids can get a lot out of museums as well, as long as theyre at the right museums. It is set within the moscow metro, where the last survivors hide after a global nuclear holocaust.
The american library in paris book award was created in 20. The same route by metro would often add at least ten minutes. Like the metro, rer lines are identifiable by letters a through e and endofline names. Canary yellow, for example, dazzles in the paintwork of a vintage car, tulips in a florists basket, the wicker chairs of a brasserie, and, of course, the glowing m of the metro sign. The majority of the book is spent focused on late 19th and early 20 thcentury paris, with only a brief chapter covering the french revolutiona slight disappointment in an otherwise fantastic book, mainly because i would have loved to see the history of the revolution through the eyes of the novels characters. Each room is dedicated to a historic event of a different century and therefore provides an interesting insight into some of the citys most fascinating historical milestones. May 02, 2010 unlikely bedfellows though they are, zola and hitler are denizens of graham robbs parisians. Searching on amazon, i found seven ages of paris by alistair horne and paris.
Books about paris 659 books meet your next favorite book. Find the answers to these questions and many others in this fascinating new book, which gives you the history behind the names of all the metro stations in paris. There are a variety of paris metro tickets to buy and several paris metro pass options shown in detail below. The paris metro short for metropolitain, is a rapid transit system in the paris metropolitan area. When you visit paris is a good idea to learn how to use the metro subway. Dk eyewitness travel guide top 10s are handy travel guides that take the work out of planning a trip. The second busiest metro system in the world after moscow, it. I want to read a book about the history of parisand would like a recommendation if anyone has read a good one. Jul 03, 2010 secret stations and boyhood love on the paris metro few cities in the world are more identified with their subway systems than paris. However, the rer is more complicated than the metro because. Secret stations and boyhood love on the paris metro. This is a wellwritten book that traces the history of the paris metro through numerous official and unofficial system maps from inception to present. Navigating the paris metro travel smithsonian magazine. In paris metro, wendell steavenson weaves a big important novel around the clash of civilizations between the muslim world and the west since the us invasion of iraq in 2003.
Since the 17th century, paris has been one of europes major centres of finance, diplomacy, commerce, fashion, science and arts. Opened in 1900, the paris metropolitain le metro remains to this day a model of efficient public transportation. Very cutanddry like a hybrid of a textbook and picture book. In contrast to many other historical metro systems such as new york, madrid, london. Paris is a historical novel by edward rutherfurd published in 20, which charts the history of paris from 1261 to 1968. With its 301 stations, the paris metro is one of the most. Many of the older stations are especially beautiful, and not the inside parts that have been recently renovated and rebuild, but the entrances too. The metro stops described in his book constitute the very core of the city center where the events of paris earliest history took place. With its 50 miles of corridors, its 1 miles of tracks and its 297 stations including the cavernous chateletleshalles, considered the worlds largest public transit station the metro is a. It is mostly underground and 214 kilometres 3 mi long.
Navigating the paris metro with nearly 300 stops in the underground system, the metro takes parisians and tourists alike from neighborhood to neighborhood. About this journey the average travel time between biarritz and paris is 6h50 minutes. Judith rocks wonderful mystery series, starting with the rhetoric of death. After world war ii, carrossage arched tiling was widely used as an inexpensive way to quickly renovate outdated metro stations from the 1920s and 30s. In paris underground, mark ovenden turns his attention to the famous paris transit system with its. If your transport ticket is not working properly or is demagnetized, the ratp agents at the ticket desk in any metro or rer station will replace it at no cost. With 14 lines, 380 stations, and more than 211 km or 1 miles of track, the paris underground is europes secondlargest subway systemand thats without including the rer, a commuterrail network that is integrated with the metro. Check out our tips on how to use the paris metro subway so you can get the most out of your holiday in the city of light. It is the commercial and industrial focus of france and a cultural and intellectual center of international renown. Paris metro history fulgence bienvenue, a french engineer, accepted the network project in july 1897, and work began in october 1898.
Her book arranges the many wonders of paris according to their colors, demonstrating a sharp eye for detail and shade. The political, social, and cultural history of france is explored in detail, accompanied by coffeetablebook pictures and illustrations. It takes roughly 20 minutes to get from denfertrochereau in south paris to gare du nord in the north. Mastering the paris metro public transportation system. The secret history ranges across centuries, movements, and cultural and political beliefs, from napoleons overcrowded cemeteries to balzacs nocturnal flight from his debts. Weve rounded up the 11 best kidfriendly museums in paris for exploration and discovery for the whole family.
An underground history paperback april 30, 2006 by arnold delaney author. Not only is it the easiest and most historically interesting form of transportation in paris. Although it tilts more towards graphic design, railfans will also find a wealth of information not available from other sources. The multifaceted narrative explains the failing american policy in the northern middle east by providing historical and cultural context that reveals the naivete of. Arnold delaneys text is full of illuminating insights into hidden corners of the history of the worlds most elegant city. The city has the second busiest metro in europe after moscow. History, travel tips, maps and directions, ticketing, hours of service, etc. The once and future paris transport museum parisian fields. Taras grescoe article on paris metro, spruced up for its 100th anniversary.
By western standards, paris is an ancient city with a rich history. A symbol of the city, it is known for its density within the city limits, uniform architecture and unique entrances influenced by art nouveau. Copyright reed business information, a division of reed elsevier inc. Celtic settlement through joan of arc 3rd century bce. The midcentury construction crews did not bother to remove the stations posters, leaving layers of maps and schedules, avis and advertisements from another time to emerge today.369 1536 1221 560 1534 346 205 602 524 60 1126 525 1282 1499 845 171 528 266 200 25 467 875 1539 1305 423 554 679 693 655 461 258 130 172 678 379 332 1141 598 437