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Saturday, October 4 2008

My shops

Cart Damn...I just noticed that my favorite RPG shop was closed :( ...hopefully it's just to repaint the walls and stuff, and not a definitive closure. And realising this, as I was standing in the middle of the street in front of a closed shop I thought : I haven't talked to you, yet, about shopping in Paris :) And that's a BIG mistake !

So I think I may soon create a new category : shopping (because I think "tourist" does not fit that well). Shopping is, indeed, something you must not miss if going to Paris ! If you do not know : Paris has ones of the biggest (and most expensive :( ) fashion shop of the world :) (I do not do my shopping in those places, but still can talk to you about them ;) ). So keep an eye on the blog, I'll soon had articles about shops I like (and maybe shops I do not like). Clothes shop, book shops, souvenir shops, ...

Just to give a little tease, here are some pictures, to watch while you wait for the articles ;)

Louis Vuiton store Louis Vuiton store, on the Champs Elysees

Rivoli street Rivoli street, going all the way from the Louvres to the city hall (I may replace this picture with a prettier one if I have the time to go there today, because on this one you do not see that it really stuffed with clothes shops :) )

Gibert - Book Store Gibert book shop, in the Latin quarter (I already talked about this area)

many more to come, check the RSS :)

Tuesday, September 23 2008

Strikes

Beach Once again, the public transports are on strike...Let's take this (very common) opportunity to show you a little map of Paris (a public transport map :) )

Now in Paris you can feel summer is ending. The weather's clearly cooler than it should and it's even sometime a bit rainy during the day...Therefore the guys working in the public transport might have thought : "hey, let's go outside and enjoy the last days of summer, we'll work later" so they are, again, on strike (it's very, very, very common for them to go on strike). To be precise that's the guys working on the "RER B" who are not working those days (which gives me an extra hour every day to go to work, thanks, which explain partially why I write a bit less on this blog at this time).

In Paris you have 4 different kind of public transports :

  • Bus
  • "Metro" (subway)
  • "RER" (trains going all over a wide area around Paris, which are underground while crossing Paris)
  • Tramway (3 or 4 lines, I don't remember, which goes all the way around Paris)

There are 16 lines of "metro", 5 lines of "RER", and hundreds of lines of bus. The lines of RER are called "A, B, C, D, and E". There was no (0) train on line B today. Here is a plan of the lines :

RER Map

This is the map I told you about in the introduction :) If you're lost : Paris is the central area (with a big red "1" on it :)) I'll just conclude this very brief post (once again : blame the strikers for the lenght of it) by noticing some spots on the line B which you may be interrested in :

  • North-East : "Charles de Gaulle airport", might be useful to know it :) It's one of the two airports around Paris, so if you plan a trip here, you may very well land here (and therefore have to use line B to reach Paris ;) )
  • "La Plaine - Stade de France", just on the North of Paris, almost at the fronteer between area "1" and area "2", it's where the "Stade de France" is (the biggest, and maybe the nicest stadium in France, you can visit it :) ).
  • "Chatelet - Les Halles", "Saint Michel", and "Luxembourg" are the three stations in the very center of Paris, those three are all on touristic spots/area so you may be interested in stopping there :). I talked a bit of an area very close to "Chatelet - Les Halles" earlier when I related a party night, I talked quickly about the area of Saint Michel too (it's in the "Latin Quarter"), and I also briefly introduced you the Luxembourg in a post about picknick spots :)

So, once again : sorry for this very short post...I'll make better ones soon. And don't forget : if the public transports in Paris are on strike : it's "normal" :(

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