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Paris metro, Abbesses station
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I love many things about the metro, and near the top of that list are the rainbow-colored chairs.

Each time you pull into a station, you're treated to a surprising pop of vibrant color. As I obsessively photographed these last week, Evan pointed out that they were grimy (hello Doug Downer!). I chose to ignore that comment, and the grime, and kept snapping.

The yellow chairs are from the Abbesses station, and are my absolute favorite. I like them best when they're empty. There's something about the potential energy, the stories that will unfold, the shared experiences that will occur, that makes you feel like you're witnessing something more grand than a collection of public chairs.

I think my romantic association with urban trains dates back to when I first started dating Evan. I lived in Jackson Heights, Queens at the time, and he lived in Washington Heights (upper Manhattan). We couldn't have been further apart in New York CIty terms, and there were multiple trains involved each time we wanted to see each other. Those rides, though long, were some of my favorite moments in the city. You can't forget that type of sweet anticipation.

31 comments

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by nichole

Chessa –

I didn't see that mural, sadly. I would have loved to.

I love Montmartre as well. I honestly don't understand how one could possibly be in a bad mood while traipsing around those streets. The tourist stuff is a little annoying, but it's part of the deal, I suppose.

Did you like living in Jackson Heights? I have fond memories and not-so fond memories, but overall, I really liked it.

The commute to Washington Heights killed me though, which is likely the reason Evan and I moved in together after just a few months. ;)

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Chessa!

How beautiful! Were you ever in Paris when the Abbess station had that gorgeous mural on the stairs at the way, way bottom of the station? I remember the first time that I took the metro to Montmartre and I got off that stop with friends…it was such a sight. That was the 90s. I often skip Montmartre when I'm in Paris bc I spent so much time there that partt of me wanted to remember it the way when I first lived there…But When I went back several years later I decided to go back up there and I was so sad to see that the mural had been painted over. I was so sad. The neighborhood is still the same – so charming and old and of course, in the main parts, very touristy, but I love it.

ps—my husband and I lived in Jackson Heights when we first got married! When we first started dating I was living in Long Island and he was in Brooklyn Heights so I also know from long train rides:) You're right…the anticipation is so wonderful:)

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Melissa Y. Allam

That's a sweet story and I love all these pops of color in these seats.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by TheCluelessCrafter

I think I will take a seat next to you and Evan, if you don't mind. Whoever said three's a crowd?

Thank you, though, for adding an aura of the romantic to subway travel. I often find myself in haste, but it would be nice if I could sit back and think about the wonderful things that await me at the end of the line.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by CitricSugar

Lovely shots, Nichole!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by erin

lovely work, nichole! i love seeing these all together here!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by vanessa joie

Adding this to my list of reasons to visit Paris. Beautiful photos.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by La Maison Fou

That would make the wait worth the while, although you don't have to wait too long!
Leslie

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Katy

I always think that there is something poetic about all trains.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by jodi

this post makes me so happy!
love all the colors and the fact that you lived in jackson heights. i live there now. =)

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