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Métro Saint Jacques: Audrey Hepburn, Compostela and Art Nouveau Associations

It is a metro stop that I found attractive from the first time I saw it. The touch of art nouveau Horta style, its’ name, the atypical sandwich box structure that covers the entry/exit – on line 6, Metro Line 6 is perhaps one of the metro stops that I find among the ‘coolest’. After a bit of research, it turns out that the metro stop was also quite an important stop on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela – something that I would love to do: i.e. take the road to Compostela. The stop was also one of the city’s network of gates and toll collection points. It also shows up in Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant’s “Charade” (1963): Quite interesting to see the old ticket system for métros and the familiar tiles that you will find inside the metro stop, the old metro signs which have evolved slightly since the movie was shot. YouTube carries a short segment of the Hepburn/Grant film featuring Metro Saint Jacques as it was in the early …

Le Métro : The ideal vs. the beautifully flawed reality

Friday evening and the Paris metro could not be more of an acute opposite to this beautiful and gloriously well-shot ‘Sub-city’ video by Sarah Klein and Tom Mason. In reality, the metro is a cacophony of life stories written on the faces of an interesting and ever-changing cast of commuters. Borugeois, BoBo, Banlieu- bound … it is rarely ever a completely dull place to sit and people-watch. Then, there is the perpetual presence of visitors to Paris who perform and place national stereotypes on display: Be it the easily identifiable visitors speaking in that oh-so loud, strange language while almost always dressed in colourful clothing with words written on their oversized t-shirts. Then, there are the camera wielding, small-sized visitors who cannot read any of the signs, yet somehow manage to drop off at the right station and take pictures of everything while at it. Then of course, there are the large waves of chattering baby boomers, each speaking at exactly the same time, yet, somehow managing to communicate to each other that the next …