RER vs. Metro

Old Feb 11th, 2008, 07:16 AM
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Yep, I know. I use it, I've never got on the wrong direction, I just don't like it. (Robespierre, it's just my freakin' opinion! I can't fathom anybody not understanding others who don't think exactly like they do! But then again...)

But as I said, I use it. I don't have to like it, and I don't. Love the metro though!

Mr. Nuke - Great info! Will store this for future reference. Maybe one day I can come to grow and love the RER and also nicely explain to people on this board about how it's just a freakin' train! (Priceless. Love people in general and some even more than others.)
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Old Feb 11th, 2008, 07:58 AM
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I can't fathom anybody not understanding others who don't think exactly like they do... Doesn't that sort of make you one of them?

Actually, I'm only trying to get newbies over all the negative reports from people who aren't careful, or too distracted, or insouciant about what they need to do to get from A to B.

The RER is a piece of cake for the average adult. Two rules.
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Old Feb 11th, 2008, 08:03 AM
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While I believe that the RER is simple enough to use, I have some understanding for those who are uncomfortable with it.

When I was a child, my family lived on the ligne de Sceaux which is now part of the RER B. Going to Paris was no problem, but coming back we knew that we had to make sure that we took the correct train so as not to find ourselves in Antony or St. Rémy-les-Chevreuses. We had no problem with that. We then immigrated to the States, and I recall being lost for hours on the NYC subway because on the 96th st. Seventh Avenue line station my parents kept on taking the wrong line going to the Bronx. Even though they were used to bifurcating lines, they were confused by it in a foreign country.
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I don't find the RER confusing, either, it's just a train that goes on a route as indicated on the maps, like the metro.

As for the stops (which should not be an issue for the ones you take in central Paris), if you really don't know where the train is going, there should be schedules posted right on the side of the walls that tell you where each train goes, if you don't like the overhead boards or they aren't working or whatever. They are posted on the walls at fairly frequent intervals.

Marcy is correct regarding the pronunciation -- it is spelled out, the letters, not pronounced as a word, and the letter "e" alone in French is NOT pronounced as "aye". It should be pronounced as you'd pronounce the letter e alone, or as in saying the alphabet.
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