The Paris Metro

The Paris Metro has convenience to recommend it, but compared to my  beloved buses, the Metro usually is pedestrian (sorry) transport. An exception is Metro line 6 (Etoile-Nation), seen in Nathalie Prébende’s photo, for its lightness-of-being trip above luxe right bank quartiers and over some left bank enclaves (in the 14th, notably) that get less guide-book ink. Right bank station, Bir-Hakeim, is where you’ll get off for your tour of La Tour Eiffel. Line 6 (La six, in Paris parlance) takes you over La Seine on the Bir-Hakeim bridge. Your only other over-the-Seine Métro option is Line 5 (Place d’Italie-Bobigny) that travels on both Pont de Bercy and the Austerlitz viaduct. The Métro/bridge question happens to be tougher to answer than you might think. I gave up and called on pals for assistance. Merci to three of my super-parisiennes for their always-gracious help: Claire – the inveterate bus rider; Jacqueline, who has walked me around her historic and elegant Passy neighborhood in sight of the Bir-Hakeim bridge, and Marie-Paule – the Vélib‘ devotee . . . . Longtime and recent friends, some of them my 19ème arrondissement former neighbors, never fail to spike the temperature of my Gallic Fever.