We had gone for a walk through Le Marais, said to be the Jewish Quarter of Paris, and were crossing R. St-Antoine when a passer-by offered (in English) "Parisians don't drive their cars; they aim them." We got to talking, told him we were looking for a nice restaurant, and he recommended La Bastoche, a few blocks away. Like all the bistros in Paris the food was sturdy and tasty and the prices were reasonable.
Too full of hamhocks and cabbage to walk back to the apartment, we decided to take the METRO.
Many of the METRO stations are decorated appropriate to the local attractions. The Arts et Metiers station, for instance, is copper-plated with little portholes through which you can see models of locomotives and steamships and such stuff.
Bastile station is tiled with a depiction of Quatorze Juillet, but done somewhat light-heartedly(!)
For instance: the two women in [a215] are wearing eyeglasses but they're "Dame Edna" glasses — red or blue encrusted with rhinestones — definitely not something you would have seen in 1789.
Also note the missing tiles... Sometimes Paris is depressingly like New York City.
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