It is the latest metro line built in Paris, the shortest, with only nine stations, and the fastest, for its automatic trains run faster than any other Paris subway trains.
Line 14 is very different from any other, not only because it’s trains having no human driver, they’re always running even on strike days. It has a special look, a special mood, and even a special smell.
A mysterious blue light hovering on line 14 platform in Châtelet, a major subway junction in the city center. Northwest the line starts at Saint-Lazare, which is also a railway station, and stops at interesting shopping or touristic places like Madeleine, Pyramides and Châtelet.
Then it heads south east, stopping at Gare de Lyon, where all trains leave to or arrive from south France.
There grows an underground exotic garden no one can walk in except the gardeners.
Going south east in new built areas, the stations get more and more monumental.
Like Bibliothèque François Mitterrand station, which makes me think a bit of Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis” settings.
Though it goes up to the Olympiades, a renovated place in the south east Chinese area, I suggest to stop here if you haven’t visit the National Library exhibition, “L’Enfer de la Bibliothèque : Eros au secret“.
Going there, you’ll pass the small wood planted in a square pit in the middle of the library ‘s four towers: just like the gare de Lyon garden, it is a kind of virtual wood, since nobody can go in.
You can look at it through the window in a sunny corridor, while waiting to visit the exhibition.
By the way, did you know that Georges Bataille, who was a great provider for National Library’s hell, worked there as a librarian, and that “Histoire de l’oeil” was written on the back of library’s book files?
Exhibition “l’Enfer de la Bibliothèque : Eros au secret” up to March 2, everyday except Monday 10 to 19, Sunday 13 to 19. Bibliothèque Nationale, site Mitterrand, 11 quai François Mauriac, 75013 Paris, station “Bibliothèque François Mitterrand”, on line 14.