Friday, July 22, 2011
Today my father and I went out to our old apartment at Denfert-Rochereau to pick up our mail and took the 6 back. The Métro has something like fourteen lines, but the 6 is my favourite. Taking the 6 from Denfert-Rochereau to Place d'Italie means that you're aboveground for most of the trip, high over the roads on aqueduct-like arches, coming into stations like Glacière made of delicately curving steel and glass panes above the trains. I love the elegance of Parisian industrialism, the arabesques of iron beams and the many-paned glass roofs. Somehow the French have made it into a combination of functionality and light, and it's lovely to just ride the train, hands full of mail from the States, and look out the window at the shining city.
(photo from here)