French people often have the métro-boulot-dodo, “take the subway – to work – go to sleep” to describe the busy life of the people of Paris. Only 3 from but they very accurately describes the true life of the people of the capital. This is something that a lot of international visitors, if not the majority, who do not understand about Paris. They told me all these questions like: “Why I came to discover Paris that hardly ever indigenous Parisians see it? The whole show tourists”. Obviously, then, by the time visitors come here to visit the Eiffel tower or the Louvre, the Parisians are sitting in office or something like that. But Thai Balo will not mention the Parisian lifestyle here.
What I mean is the indispensable role of the subway system in the tourism image of Paris in particular. I believe the métro subway is not merely a means of transport but also more than that, a culture of life, an experience that any visitor coming here is worth trying. For those who love French music, would have known songs by male singers Bercy Madeleine Pierre Perret, a very funny song but express very subtle pun allowed only by using the name of a series of stations métro. You may see reference to this song in this clip. Love travel blog please share foreplay on the Paris métro
I’ve lived in Paris for 3 years (2008-2011), lived a life like any capital city people: live in the suburbs, up early each morning to catch the subway to go to work until dark, then roll out of bed to go home and sleep. Until now, each time talking past in Paris, what do I most remember is the moment catch the subway and move from station to other stations.
It is a lifestyle that can not be more than Paris! Amid a crowded at rush hour commute, I also like them, breaking into a kiosk counters buy yourself a fragrant croissant croissants newly-minted, an expresso coffee concentrate and then hold Direct Matin according to a newspaper to read news. Whenever the train stopped at the next station, the door opened and a man on the line as infected cui him down. These arms collide, then the hugely elegant gestures with apology “Pardon! Excusez-moi “. It was once the Paris of my life, a very ordinary life hustle, hustle to the point I did not even have time to think about tomorrow I will visit the Eiffel Tower. Buddha sacred house is that it is not there. But the ones living with the subway system that invisible, I see the beauty behind it invisible. But the beauty that only appear to those who pay attention to it, and appreciate its value.
There have been many visitors after traveling to Paris is complete, go to complain, what is the subway station here so that’s dirty, so that’s a lot of theft, the Paris Star that’s cold. Thai Balo spokesman think that the question is who do not understand all the human values behind the métro and that is a pity. No matter who says what, no denying that the subway system in Paris is one of the operating system world’s most efficient. Remember that the total population of the city plus suburbs up to 6 million people. Yet the métro train enough people to serve millions of pacing from the suburbs into the city to go to work, not to mention more international tourists. According to official statistics, the subway system here has a total of 301 berths, from 5h30 to 1h15 operation the next morning. Trains run as infected cui and only separated by a maximum of 5 minutes. Now you understand why the Paris métro trains or crowded people now?
One more thing that I noticed in the tourists, they just marched work that uses the subway to get to by sites such as the Eiffel Tower notorious, and they forget that some métro station is the tourist sites calendar. The architectural layout of the station is very delicate and usually the same tone with tourist sites located nearby. This is a very clever way of planning, to help passengers have a little something to relax while waiting for the next train. They can see the texture on the surface of the wall paintings and learned a little something about Paris, the Paris of Paris, not tourists.
I took the Bastille station for example, are arranged in the same historical place names: Bastille prison, which used to take place the French Revolution in 1789. The painting on the wall is a vivid depiction of the the main events related to this revolution
Next to the station Cité, very prominent with Art Nouveau architectural style of the portal on. An identifiable style nostalgia, makes you remember a romantic Paris of the early twentieth century period. If I remember correctly, this station appears in a scene of the film The Devil Wears Prada played by Anna Hathaway.
A final example light, Arts et Métiers station, with the same style as if you’re in a submarine compartment or the like. Why so? The reason is that this terminal is located near the museum related to craftsmanship and engineering. Restored and renovated in 1994, this station has been redesigned, with the aim of making the passengers as if lost in the mechanical world, the world of the plunger tube and serrated. Arts et Métiers Ben looks like a gigantic apparatus for coating copper piled up. Thai Balo revealed only give you 3 examples as typical as that. There are plenty of other stations with such exquisite schools but to find them is completely dependent upon the curious and like to learn from you.
Paris métro system in the form of the oldest in the world and so the pier is also very respectable seniority. The oldest was also associated with the infrastructure system has not been upgraded to meet the requirements of the modern generation of travelers. Problems or are guests mentioned most interlaced overlapping of some important pier. These are often the hub, where many métro lines converge to the transition from defensive line to the other sometimes and you have to walk to the restaurant kilometers meters and take up to 5-10 minutes can transfer I needed to dock. This does not include the up and down stairs and is not equipped with a pulley or conveyor belt for luggage. Many tourists, with more than 30kg heavier suitcases had to pull up è neck and then pulled down. It is a pity for them!
So there, to explore Paris by the subway system, you will have to prepare mentally for having to walk a lot. Let’s see this a bit optimistically. After all, where a lot of walking is also a bad thing, right? Your workout that. It is thought that the people who live as Parisians hustle then make them lazy exercise entire sport. It is possible that they were very busy, but if the average distance a day when they have to move between the métro stations, I believe that they walk more we Vietnamese. Do you ever think that someone in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City will be ready to walk more than 1km from home to somewhere not? I do not, because they had the motor, the output pilot always done!
The next point of the métro, is still the problem of infrastructure, which is the lack of public toilets station. Imagine, the route change and move from one side to another sometimes take up to 5 minutes and you have to walk very long. Missed unfortunately you will have to do a sub-How’s this? The solution of many gentlemen’s … piss wrong somewhere uncrowded (sorry the girls then, I do not have any solution for you). This is why there are so many places in the subway system, the smell of urine concentration anonymously and rises into the very hot summer days, it also is horrible.
The third point is the presence of the métro’s abound beggars. This is one of the widespread impression that Vietnamese tourists encountered, a culture shock is not small. A magnificent city of Paris than through the small screen makes us imagine the Vietnamese capital of a civilized and wealthy. Add to that the number of people begging in Vietnam signs decreased significantly since the 1990s, even making Vietnamese people in Paris think beggars can not exist. Yet what is appearing in front of them is completely different, a dreadful truth! But also do not be so disappointed. That’s Paris, the city tourism world number one, and also accompanied by attracting people stealing stealing beggar came here with the hope of “crude” tourist map from deer.
But please take the time to observe a moment. Are all beggars steal steal here are the same? The answer is no, especially in the field of beggars. You may encounter people who have very Zigan appearance begging for your money. But this case is not much. Begging at the pier or inside the subway train is an art, even a culture made of the Paris métro brand. Instead of criticizing the existence of the beggar, you look at it in terms of optimism.
The beggars here exists in many forms: either straight you begging for money, or write a note explaining their plight to you see. But more interesting experience is the appearance of the group of performers singing or playing musical instruments for money. Not everyone is singing, not everyone is performing well.
But I’ve encountered these objects are truly artists. They played great, contributes to the excitement of a métro train and they deserve to be rewarded with a few Euro coins.
To conclude this article, Thai tourism Balo believe Paris by subway is a pleasant experience because a lot of waiting station is a work of art and it is only interesting in the eyes of those who know to appreciate its value. If you have the opportunity to set foot in the capital of light, do not just plug into the métro map to find out where the Eiffel Tower. Let’s head up and observe what is happening every time you stride out of the tunnel by somewhere around you is the pleasant surprise. And the surprise was just made up a memorable experience in Paris