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Here are details about the cities of this country where I have visited and had the best times. Your experiences may be different. But then you can put your favorite cities on your web site. These are the places I want to share with you.

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This is my favorite European city. I lived downtown for a year 1965. I felt like a local. With quite a bit of free time I encountered most if not all of the tourist places and many of the locals only spots. If I were required to pick a city not in the United States where I had to spend a few years, Paris would top the list with no competition. Here are selected links and bits of information which you may find interesting. Oh, and all that talk about how much the French do not like Americans, I never ran into anything of the kind. Everyone was quite friendly and helpful. Vive la France or how ever you write it..

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Le Metropolitain, ``RER'', & Bus

Métro map (courtesy of RATP).

RER map (courtesy of RATP).

Bus map (courtesy of RATP).



Métro/RER ticket (both sides) .

Individual Métro ticket is 8FF; packet of 10 tickets (a Carnet) is slightly more reasonable. Cost of RER tickets depends on distance traveled. Within central Paris cost is the same as Métro tickets, and the same ticket is also valid on both systems.

Both the Métro and the RER (Réseau Express Régional) are run by the RATP - Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens. The RATP also runs the busses.

A Bit of History

The Métro opened on 19 July 1900, its first line being from Porte de Vincennes to Porte Maillot (not surprising it is now the line number 1). Fulgence Bienvenüe was the engineer in charge of construction, the architect Hector Guimard being responsible for the Art Nouveau entrances (see image). The system has 199 km (124 miles) of track and 15 lines. There are 368 stations (not including RER stations), 87 of these being interchanges between lines. Every building is within 500 metres of a métro station. There are 3500 cars which transport roughly 6 million people per day. There are 15000 employees of the métro (1989 statistics).

An example of one of the Art Nouveau métro entrances designed by Hector Guimard between 1898-1904: Abbesses in the 18th arrondissement.

Other links

RATP - Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens
Page of Transport Tickets in the Paris Pages Special Exposition: Paris by Ticket




Not only a land of tourism and leisure;
Nice is also a country of creation,
innovation, research and cultural exchange...
A new page, a new section, a new graphic, always more information: the site changes on a daily basis
Environment charter, measures of prevention and protection of coast, air and flora ENVIRONMENT


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Follow these links for information which may be of interest to you:

Monaco (Well not really France. But I like the place.)



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   Introduction    Monaco
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Economic development was spurred in the late 19th century with a railroad linkup to France and the opening of a casino. Since then, the principality's mild climate, splendid scenery, and gambling facilities have made Monaco world famous as a tourist and recreation center.
   Geography    Monaco
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Western Europe, bordering the Mediterranean Sea on the southern coast of France, near the border with Italy
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43 44 N, 7 24 E
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total: 1.95 sq km
water: 0 sq km
land: 1.95 sq km
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about three times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC
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total: 4.4 km
border countries: France 4.4 km
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4.1 km
Maritime claims:
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territorial sea: 12 NM
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Mediterranean with mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers
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hilly, rugged, rocky
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lowest point: Mediterranean Sea 0 m
highest point: Mont Agel 140 m
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arable land: 0%
permanent crops: 0%
other: 100% (urban area) (1998 est.)


Monaco has a neat museum of automatons.

This collection of dolls and automatons made in Paris in the latter half of the 19th century takes the visitor for a walk back in time. The dolls are presented in show-cases together with period furniture, chinaware and thousands of everyday objects all made to their own scale, thus creating a lifelike atmosphere of refinement. Not to be missed is the remarkable Neapolitan crib.

A superb 19th century villa set in a rose-garden and designed by none other Charles Garnier, the architect responsible for the Paris and Monte-Carlo Opera Houses

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