I’ve just read Mastering the Art of French Eatingby Ann Mah. The title is an obvious play on Julia Child’s seminal masterpiece. Towards the end of Mah’s book, she embarks on a shopping trip to Tang Frères in order to buy Asian ingredients for a Chinese soup dumpling cooking/eating event at her home (hence the pig’s feet reference). Tang Frères is located in the 13th arrondissement, and while I don’t know the exact address of Ann Mah’s Paris apartment, I do know that she lived in the 6th. I also know that she lived close enough to Poilâne’s (famous for the bread they make and hence the bread reference) on Rue du Cherche-Midi to feel it was her local boulangerie.
I ran an RATP trip query from Poilâne’s at 8 Rue du Cherche-Midi to 48 Avenue d’Ivry with a “least amount of walking” filter. My interest in this specific query was inspired by what Mah described in her book as she returned from Tang Frères. “…I surveyed our heavy bags of groceries with dismay. The plastic sacks cut into my hands as we walked several block to the métro, up and down flights of stairs, onto one train and then another.”
<<Mon Dieu!>> I thought. Why didn’t she take the bus? I was more than pleased by my bus alternative to the métro.
Usually a métro trip is faster than the bus, but not in this case. The estimated travel times were equal (well, ok 1 additional minute for the bus). And the suggested métro trip has you changing lines at (wait for it …) Châtelet.
One bus line, travel above ground, no connection/correspondence and no Châtelet. Even without lugging groceries the Châtelet station is exhausting. Have I convinced you that Buses are Better yet?