☆ Train Stations ☆
In the 19th century the railway was “the” definitive symbol of modern times and the train station its temple..
Built in 1851, then rebuilt thirty years later, Saint-Lazare, with its metal structure and glass roofs – avant-gardist in their time inspired artists..
The Orsay train station (today a magnificent museum) was inaugurated for the Exposition Universelle of 1900..
The Lyon train station was given a new makeover for the same occasion; the prestige of the train, a new way of travel, is still apparent in the luxurious salons of his restaurant Le Train Bleu..
The train stations are the gateways of Paris..
They bore witness to the first departures of paid holidays and saw the arrival of the first troops back from the front in times of war; they saw the arrival of inhabitants from the Alsace, the Auvergne, and Brittany, who came to seek work as servants or building workers, or even open brasseries..
These places, charged with history and endowed with architectural splendours and the latest technology, are well worth a visit!!