While most of Paris’ subway stations have been modernized with plastic “anti-homeless” chairs that replaced former wooden benches, you can still get a glimpse of the old Paris metro on line 12 and part of line 13. These lines were built by the Nord-Sud Company starting in 1904 and had more elaborate decoration and rolling stock than the other lines.
As we’ve previously covered 6 of Paris’ abandoned subway stations, we were excited to see this proposal to reuse decommissioned stations as nightclubs, restaurants, a swimming pool, theaters and more, put forth by mayoral candidate Nathalie Kosciusk-Morizet. Among the stations included are Haxo, Champ de Mars near the Eiffel Tower, Porte Molitor, and Croix Rouge, a Red Cross Station closed since 1930. The plan, if executed, is to open up proposals to the public using an open platform, with final designs selected by a committee.
Earliest known photograph of humans, taken in Paris in spring 1838 by Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre
Yesterday we posted the first video of a snowstorm in New York City from 1902. Today, we wanted to share the first known photograph of New York City and the first photograph of a human, which was done in Paris. The above image by Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre, inventor of the daguerreotype was shot on Boulevard du Temple in Paris.
Karl Lagerfeld left, Yves Saint Laurent center, winners of the 1954 International Wool Secretariat Competition in Paris. Image source: The Woolmark Company
Earlier this month, a new biopic about fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent was released in France. Yves Saint Laurent focuses on the relationship (both personal and professional) between Saint Laurent and his long-time partner Pierre Bergé. Bergé himself was involved in some of the filming and loaned 77 of the vintage costumes from the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent.
Using locations from the fantastic book The Beautiful Fall by Alicia Drake, we’re sharing the haunts of Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld during the decadent era of Paris in the 1960s and 1970s, as both designers were jockeying to get their careers started. The book is a must-read for lovers of Paris, fashion or both.
Imagine Paris and no doubt, your mind will instantly fill with sun-dappled images of Haussmann buildings and old-fashioned romance. But in truth, modern-day Paris offers much more than just vintage glamour. This is a city boasting an incomparable sense of old meeting new, offering some of the most stylishly modern architecture around. So without further ado, we take a look at some of the most intriguing and unusual buildings you’ll find in the City of Love.