Every month I will make you discover one of my favourite metro stations in Paris. Indeed some of them are true gems of the underground Parisian life. Number one ranking : Arts et Métiers, on lines 11 and 3, in third arrondissement of Paris. Do not take the wrong metro line. The platform I am talking about is on line 11 direction Châtelet or Mairie des Lilas.
The station is fully covered with copper. There are gearwheels on the ceiling and portholes on the walls. The whole looks like the Nautilus, the famous submarine in Jules Verne’s novel : vingt mille lieux sous les mers. This decor was built in 1994 by Peeters and Schuitten to celebrate the bicentennial of the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers located nearby and dedicated to technological innovation.
Back to earth : the Musée des Arts et Métiers, near the metro way out, was refurbished in 2000 and exhibits about 2400 inventions. It’s really worth a visit !
La Grande Epicerie de Paris is the best store for gastronomy in Paris. Whether you are staying in a hotel, a Bed & Breakfast or a self catering, do not miss a visit to the Grande Epicerie for a gourmet shopping. It is located on the left bank in the prestigious 7th arrondissement near Sèvres Babylone and is the food store of Le Bon Marché, the smartest department store in Paris.
Even if you do not buy anything (which will be difficult as everything there is a temptation !) you will be delighted by your visit and get out with stars in your eyes.
The Hotel de Ville organizes regularly free exhibitions on the theme of Paris. Those exhibitions take place in one of the main halls of the building and are the opportunity at once to see a quality exhibition for free and to enter the beautiful town hall of Paris.
After Doisneau in 2012 or Brassai in 2014 the current exhibition is called Paris Magnum and presents photographies taken in Paris by the photographers of the prestigious agency. It shows the history of Paris through pictures from the Popular Front in 1936 until today, all taken by famous artists as Robert Capa, Herbert List, Marc Riboud, Raymond Depardon, … The liberation of Paris in 1944 or the demonstrations in May 1968 are beautifully and copiously illustrated. In addition to that black and white portaits of André Malraux, Gérard Philippe, Serge Gainsbourg, … are really not to be missed.
The exhibition has just been extended until 25 April ; all the more reason for visiting it !
Practical information : Monday to Saturday – from 10.00 till 18.30 – 5 rue Lobau 75004 Paris – Metro Hôtel de Ville (lines 1, 11) – free admission