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Old Feb 5th, 2007, 03:02 PM
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Is there a way to find how steep are the stairs to get out of different metro stations? We are staying in Montmarte and several stations are in the area. Are there escalators/elevators at Blanche, Abbesses, Pigalle?
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Old Feb 5th, 2007, 03:08 PM
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Abbesse has an elevator and it is very very deep. Pigalle has stairs but there are not alot. I suspect Blanche is like Pigalle.
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Old Feb 7th, 2007, 09:49 AM
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The stairs are steep. I didn't realize how steep until I took my mom to Paris last spring and she absolutely said it was too much to do all of the stairs...and she lives in a two-storey house. So, I rewrote our transporation options and we took the bus. I've been vacationing in Paris, almost annually, for three decades and back in the beginnings I focused a lot on memorizing the bus routes. It's good I did. I'd say go to a bookstore in Paris and buy a bus route map book if the metro stairs will be too much for you. Happy Travels!
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Old Feb 7th, 2007, 10:01 AM
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Hi K,

Abesses is very deep. It has an elevator, but it's not always working.

I suggest taking the Montmartrobus (no. 18) from Pigalle up to Sacre Coeur.


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When I was in September, the Abbesse metro was closed for renovations. Maybe it is open now, but I'd check first.
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Old Feb 7th, 2007, 10:23 AM
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The best map for visualizing bus routes and streets is here:

http://www.ratp.info/orienter/f_plan...secteur&fm=pdf
(Adobe.com reader required to view.)

The printed version is available free at Métro stations.
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Old Feb 7th, 2007, 11:23 AM
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I was in Paris last week, took the Métro to Abbesses which was open and foolishly decided to walk up the stairs! That was my exercise for the day. There are a lot of stairs and I am pretty so was surprised at how winded I got. My mother and sister are coming for a visit in May to Paris (I live in CH) and I purposely found an apartment that has bus routes on the same street because I worry about my mother and those Métro stairs.
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I meant to say I am pretty fit, although some say I am pretty too!
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beaupeep: I made that same mistake last year. Elevator's full--I'll take the stairs! I thought I'd NEVER get to the top. Never again!
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N° 18, or Montmartrobus. Alight at Place du Tertre-Norvins for minimum climbing up or down, or ride the full circuit and disembark in front of the basilica:

http://www.ratp.info/orienter/f_plan...=pdf&nompdf=18

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