My Favorite Cities
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..
Le Metropolitain, ``RER'', & Bus
map (courtesy of RATP).
map (courtesy of RATP).
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
An example of one of the Art Nouveau métro entrances designed by Hector Guimard
between 1898-1904: Abbesses in the 18th arrondissement.
TO NICE FRENCH RIVIERA
only a land of tourism and leisure;
Nice is also a country of creation,
innovation, research and cultural exchange...
Follow these links for information which may be of interest to you:
Monaco (Well not really France. But I like the
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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