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☆ Train Stations ☆

10/03/2009

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..

Saint-Lazare

☆ Train Stations ☆☆ Claude Monet ☆ The Arrival of the Normandy Train, Gare Saint-Lazare ☆ 1877 ☆

The Orsay train station (today a magnificent museum) was inaugurated for the Exposition Universelle of 1900..

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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..

☆ Train Stations ☆

☆ Train Stations ☆

☆ Train Stations ☆

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!!

3 Comentários leave one →
  1. 11/03/2009 0:09

    Musee D’Orsay is truly magnificent – what a great use of an old railway station.

  2. 11/03/2009 1:04

    It’s hard to pick a favorite train station in Paris, although Gare de Lyon is wonderful. Yes, D’Orsay was a great idea.

    But I do enjoy humble little Austerlitz, too.

  3. 11/03/2009 4:28

    What a fabulous blog…..thank you for stopping by mine but your pictures in Frnace are amazing….It’s so funny how so many many people have this love for Paris and France…..I look forward to really taking time and going through your whole site….Thanks for visiting….Every friday I pot pictures of my time in Paris….12 more weekends to go!!
    Sue @ the Rue Mouffetard

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