Metro... Ticket pour une expo
05.12.2011 - 08.12.2011
Lyon charms again. I wasn't ready to leave Paris after only two days, after wandering through Montparnasse Cemetry in the rain and haunting the cobbled streets of Butte aux Cailles, but I'd only really gone there for one reason. The Metro Ticket exposition was on show at Musee des arts et metiers, and I was looking to fuel my fascination with Parisian underground system. The exposition was well crafted, and a lot of work had evidently gone in to the display. The exposition was almost fully interactive, utiilising educational games, videos and audio, and created a sense of wonder at the technological achievement of such an overwhelming project. When considering the power of human engineering, this exposition gets top marks. What it unfortunately lacked was any understanding of the cultural impact of the metro at any point from its inception in 1900 to the literature and films of today. The only reference to this was the Zazie and Guimard books you could buy in the shop, and they didn't even have any copies of the Zazie comic that I wanted. The exposition could have really done with this addition, and the musuem could really do with replacing the miserable old boot in charge of their sales.
The restaurants of Chez Gladines and Mondol Kiri were definite highlights of that two days in Paris.
Now I'm in Lyon and the I can see hints of what is to come with the festival of light this year...