Europe Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Trip Report "New" Paris Finds -- La Ruche & the T-3 Tram

Jump to last reply

I qualify my "finds" as being new to ME, not the finds themselves.

I was on a mission this summer to locate and view La Ruche, an old artists residence in the 15th along the Passage de Dantzig in the 15th. La Ruche translates to the "Beehive", as it is circular in shape and resembles a beehive. It was designed by Gustave Eiffel as a wine rotunda for the Great Exhibition of 1900 -- well, all this info you can get from Wiki. I wanted to see it because . . . well, I hadn't . . . and because the likes of Modigliani, Diego Rivera, Chagall, and Leger had either lived or hung out here.

I knew that we couldn't get in the building itself, but I thought it would be fun to photograph it and check out the secret garden surrounding it. I'm not sure whether one can actually get into the enclosed garden surrounding it, because there is a gate with an entry buzzer/combo lock, but we happened to be there at a time when an electrician was there installing a new buzzer, and he had no qualms allowing us past him to walk the inside grounds.

What a find!!! There are little nooks and crannies everywhere, and lots of sculptures and artistic accents. A few benches here and there to sit and read or write or draw. A truly cool artistic secret garden! The building itself is a neat architectural curiosity.

To get to La Ruche, we took the Metro to Porte de Versailles, and planned to walk up Bd Lefebvre to Rue de Danzig and onward. What we found getting off the Metro, along Bd Lefrebvre was a long stretch of green grass down the middle of the street (Lefebvre is a really wide street!) with a space age looking tram running up and down it!

One thing we didn't know is the existence of this tram (which opened in 2006). We also didn't know where it went or whether we could use the Mobilis pass. It turns out the metro and bus tickets and passes CAN be used on the T3, and this tram hits 17 stops and basicaly goes around the southern periphery of the City.

It turns out Kerouac (who else!) has already found this little treasure (the tram, that is) and took a ride on it. Here's his discussion:
http://anyportinastorm.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=paris&action=display&thread=4931&page=1

Just thought I'd pass this on, since people are always looking for something "new" in Paris!

15 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcements:
  • Writers Needed for Georgia Coast
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 18, 14 at 03:12 PM
  • Writers Needed for Rwanda and Uganda
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 18, 14 at 03:12 PM
  • Writers Needed for Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 18, 14 at 03:11 PM
View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Granada, Spain hotel choice
  2. 2 restaurants / pubs near British museum / Bloomsbury
  3. 3 New Discoveries at Ostia Antica.
  4. 4 Speeding ticket in Germany: how do I handle this?
  5. 5 Trip Report Scotland trip report July 2014, chapter 1
  6. 6 What should we tip our tour guide?
  7. 7 Trip Report Venice (Somewhere) and Trieste (Nowhere)—With a Bit of Slovenia In Between
  8. 8 Lucca, Italy - flea/antique market?
  9. 9 Deciding between tour companies- Trafalgar vs Insight
  10. 10 Looking for review of 1-day Pompeii/Naples Itinerary Please :)
  11. 11 1st time in Spain w/ 3 Children 8years and under - Help with itinery please
  12. 12 Where to stay in the french riviera?
  13. 13 Granada: stay in the Albayzin?
  14. 14 Please help us maximize our time in each European city
  15. 15 Please critique my Croatia/Slovenia itinerary
  16. 16 Scotland day tour
  17. 17 England sites not to miss
  18. 18 Prices in Dubrovnik
  19. 19 Trip Report 17 amazing days in Tuscany, Positano and Rome – June 2014!
  20. 20 Tuscany without a car - towns and walking/hiking holiday
  21. 21 If you had a week in Switzerland...
  22. 22 Touring Europe with 1 year old
  23. 23 Advice and suggestions welcome for 2 month trip
  24. 24 Casual men's dress in Paris
  25. 25 Madrid—Portugal—Northern Spain—Barcelona by car, need an itinerary...
View next 25 » Back to the top