January 15, 2008

Mid-month-theme: subway day

Each 15th of a month, I’m participating in a common “mid-month-theme” about subways (underground, metro, tunnelbana…) together with bloggers in New York and Stockholm. This month’s theme is “people waiting”.

One of the “rules” with which I have to struggle is to choose only ONE photo. I have chosen this one which shows a metro platform, Place-de-Clichy, line 13, around 6 p.m.. I could have chosen another photo from another station at 1 a.m. with a much less populated quay.

You can find today’s post and some other subway posts by using the following links:

New York City Daily PhotoStockholm by pixels PHO (Paris).

33 comments:

Noushy Syah said...

So this is the first competition for this year right? It's pretty hard to decide which photos to be chosen!..

Good luck Peter.

Per Stromsjo said...

Patiently waiting, I suppose that's a defining quality for the urban life. Happy subway day from Stockholm!

Richard said...

All going one way by the look of things... your platform is rather sparsely populated. My own experience of the metro is also that this doesn't mean a train has just left, as quite often it's not possible to get everyone on the trains during rush hour

Ming the Merciless said...

That a lot of people on the platform. I assume you're on the opposite side, where it is in the direction counter to the normal traffic.

My communite is counter traffic too. Most people are on the Manhattan bound side where I usually head further into Queens for work every morning.

lyliane said...

Merci pour le prix, mais je ne mérite pas ces honneurs, mon blog me fait le plaisir de retrouver les beaux endroits que j'ai visité et les tiens
qui m'apprennent beaucoup de choses sur la capitale de mon Pays.
On voit que c'est l'heure de pointe sur ta photo, mais tu traînes à une heure du matin dans le métro? est ce bien raisonnable à ton âge?
Et ton genou....

Olivier said...

les joies du transport en commun,j'ai donne pendant des années et je suis bien content maintenant de ne plus travailler sur Paris.

"On a chanté la Tour Eiffel
Montmartre et puis l'quartier Javel
Paris, c'est grand, c'est beau c'est fou
Mais c'est parce qu'il y a dessous
Un brave homme d'employé
Qui l'matin sur le quai
Fait des "huit" compliqués
MÉTRO !
C'est l'journal à huit francs
Qu'on lit d'bout en roulant
Gêné par un chapeau
MÉTRO !
C'est la dame qui s'déplace
Pour se voir dans la glace
D'un air indifférent
MÉTRO !
L'chef de train qui s'embête
Et joue sur sa trompette
Un p'tit air rigolo
C'est l'MÉTRO !
Le visage de la Capitale
N'est pas celui d'la rue Pigalle
Ça c'est l'argent, le jeu, l'amour
Mais la vie de tous les jours :

C'est l'monsieur étourdi
Qui s'lève et puis qui crie :
"Bon sang, j'descend ici
Mais attendez, mais attendez ! "
C'est à six heures du soir
A la gare Saint-Lazare
La sortie des bureaux
MÉTRO !
Les trottins qui papotent
Les amants qui s'bécotent
La dame et son tricot
MÉTRO !
La fille aux yeux si doux
Qu'on suivrait n'importe où
Mais qui descend trop tôt
C'est l'MÉTRO !
Roule, roule toujours
Tes chagrins, tes amours
Tes joies de tous les jours
MÉTRO !
Emmène au rendez-vous
Les heureux, les jaloux
D'un bout à l'autre bout
MÉTRO !
Qui s'en va, qui revient
C'est le sang parisien
Toujours vif et nouveau
MÉTRO !
Ce qui fait que Paris
Hier comme aujourd'hui
Est toujours aussi beau
C'est l'MÉTRO !............"

Yves Montand

Mathilde said...

Bonjour Peter,

Enfin délivrée, prisonnière de mon blog depuis trop longtemps. Je découvre de nouvelles pages, ouvre méthodiquement chaque photo, comme un livre des gravures... J'aime cet homme assis sur son banc.... N'ayant pas un anglais parfait.. je déchiffre jsqu'à la dernière ligne...

A quand la Bastille? C'est encore un peu mon quartier, ainsi que le Père Lachaise....

Peter said...

noushy:
Yes, a competition with myself...

per:
Patiently yes... there should be a new train about every three minutes. On my side of the station, the train just left when I arrived, thus the empty quay.

richard:
Yes... see also my comments to Per above.

Peter said...

ming:
Once more, see my comments to Per.

lyliane:
Je ne suis pas vieux! ... mais assez agé pour avoir le droit de me coucher quand je veux! Bisous!

olivier:
Tu es génial pour trouver les chansons et les textes qui vont avec le sujet!

Peter said...

mathilde:
Oui, on peut de nouveau visiter ton blog sans problèmes - et ça vaut la peine!!!

J'ai fait le quartier de la Bastille et tu peux trouver quelques posts si tu vas en "labels" (un peu plus bas dans la colonne droite) et cherches La Bastille. Je n'ai pas encore fait Père Lachaise (mais les cim. de Montmartre, Batignolles, Calvaire...)

alice said...

Et pendant les grèves, on attend longtemps...
Merci encore, Peter, pour ce joli award, j'ai passé le relais!

Hogrelius said...

Jösses vad bilder fr Stockholm på länken dit!!!!

hpy said...

Only one photo! It must have been difficult to choose, so I understand why you decided to post one with a lot of people - at least you didn't have to choose between the different persons.
Have a nice day!

oldmanlincoln said...

I am impressed, Peter. I would not have guessed so many people in the subway at the same time. And, that you only did the one photo. LOL

Nice work.

Jessica Camis said...

At least you can choose another photo next month. I like this one though. As someone else already pointed out, it looks like everyone is going the same way as is often true on the rush-hour metro (even if it's not the case here). Very nice.

Cergie said...

Waow ! Quel timing !
Ou une interprétation erronée de ma part maybe ?
Soit tu as laissé partir la rame de ton coté
Soit personne ne va dans cette direction à cette heure là
Bravo pour toutes les lumières que tu as captées dans ta photo et qui donnent un charme extraordinaire à une station somme toute assez ordinaire
(Hormis peut-être que c'est LA station du mondialemnt célèbre "Peter de Paris" ?)

Ash said...

Good one Peter!

lasiate said...

Ah les pauvres! vive la moto et le climat tropical!

Ex-Shammickite said...

It looks a little like the Toronto subway stations at rush hour. Platforms loaded with people. Thank goodness I don't have to go downtown to work every day!
When I was on holiday in Paris, the Jules Joffrin subway station was a very short walk from our hotel. Is that near you?

'JoAnn's-Digital-Eyes' said...

Hi peter,

Hmmm subway day.. I hope they are working NOW? I will never forget that they didn't while we where in Paris, Nice photo and great info thanks,

Thanks also for the link to the "redhaired" (asking for) site, you'll better read my comment there, its to long, but it says all about me...

Have a good day, JoAnn

Peter said...

alice:
Heureusement que les grèves ne sont pas là tous les jours!

hogrelius:
Ja, jösses!

hpy:
Luckily I have this choice difficulty only once a month!

Peter said...

oldmanlincoln:
LOL!

jessica:
Let's see what the subway theme will be next month. I don't know yet. Maybe I will have NO picture which fits!

cergie:
Oui, je ratai juste la rame de mon coté, ce qui m'a laissé le temps de prendre une photo!

Peter said...

ash:
Thanks Ash!

lasiate:
... sauf s'il pleut un peu fort!

Peter said...

ex-shammickite:
Jules Joffrin is not too far away (Montmartre), but it's not "my" line!

Peter said...

joann:
They ARE working!
I will check the redhead thing!

Chuckeroon said...

....Peter, I think that, like Richard, you got them all to line up for the photo. I also think they are down there sheltering from the bad weather. I'm watching the forecast every night and noticing that Flanders and Northern France seem to be "getting it"....as badly as we are. A nice day on the Somme.

Maxime said...

Quiet days in Clichy...
Who could say if Henry Miller ever waited for the metro at this station.
Surely, he did.

Peter said...

chuckeroon:
You are right..., but I forgot to say "smile"!

maxime:
I'm quite sure... like many other famous persons. We are more or less in the Montmartre area and it's a place where you change from one metro to another.

ruth said...

That is downright frightening! I would feel so afraid there is not enough room to stand . . . so close to the edge. :|

krystyna said...

Hi Peter!
Your choice is perfect. This photo shows what you want to show - "People waiting" and it is amazing photo. These days life.
I think it is interesting idea with "mid-month-theme" about subways.
Happy Subway day!

Kate said...

One photo? Congratulations on your self-discipline. I like the look of the line of commuters. Realistic.

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