12 de setembro de 2012

Paris Train - A rail journey fit for a king


Paris commuter train has carriages transformed to resemble rooms from the Palace of Versailles

Few commuters in Britain would describe their train journey to and from work as a pleasant experience. Passengers have become used to overcrowded carriages, not to mention finding
discarded newspapers, sweet wrappers or worse on the seats. But some lucky commuters in France enjoy an altogether different ride, as these amazing pictures show.


Lavish: A commuter train serving Paris in France has been decorated in the colours of the Palace of Versailles in an impressive project.


Incredible: The refurbishments mean that the train's carriages resemble rooms from the royal palace

A train on the main rapid transit system in Paris, the RER, has undergone a dramatic refurbishment - to resemble the rooms of a royal palace. The train carries the colours of the Palace of Versailles, which was once the centre of political power in France. And passengers who take a journey on the RER C line between the Palace, which is 20 kilometres south-west of Paris, and the centre of the capital do so in lavish surroundings.

Ornate paintings and golden sculptures line the aisles and even the ceilings are intricately designed. Other attractive improvements include the creation of a mock library in one of the carriages. The refurbishments are designed to evoke memories of seven different areas of the royal chateau and its grounds, including the Hall of Mirrors, the Gallery of Battles and Marie-Antoniette's estate. The changes, which were funded by the Palace of Versailles , involved layering the interior walls of the train with a high-tech plastic film.

The refurbishments were carried out thanks to a deal between officials at the palace and rail operator SNCF. Versailles was the centre of political power in France from 1682, when King Louis XIV moved from Paris, until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in October 1789 during the French Revolution.


Striking: An image of a statue from the palace grounds looks down on passengers


Splendid: Ornate images can be found on the back of comfortable seats


Colourful: Giant scenes from Versailles have transformed the appearance of the train, which runs on one of Paris 's main commuter routes


Enormous: Branches sprawl across the ceiling of the carriage in this huge painting


Powerful imagery: The train carries the colours of the Palace of Versailles, which was once the centre of political power in France


Beauty: A golden statue is reflected in a glass mirror on the train



Reflections: The refurbishments are designed to evoke memories of seven different areas of the royal chateau and its grounds


Booking details: Passengers can take their place alongside an amazing display which resembles a library



Vibrant: A once-dull door on the train has been transformed with bright red and pink colours


Facelift: The changes, which were funded by the Palace of Versailles, are the result of a deal between officials at the palace and rail operator SNCF


Swirls: Another decorative ceiling design based on furnishings from the Palace of Versailles


Unexpected: The exterior of the train gives few clues to the incredible displays found inside




9 comentários:

  1. Fantástico. Realmente o aspecto exterior não deixa antever o que vai lá dentro. :))
    Aquele abraço

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  2. Quando se liberta a imaginação das pessoas acontecem estas coisas, L.O.L.
    E eu agora tenho vontade de ir dar uma volta neste comboio.
    Sou um apaixonado pela cidade (Paris).
    E apetece-me passear nela a bordo deste comboio.
    Aquele abraço

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  3. Tenho que experimentar, Pedro!

    Lá terei que ir a Paris! :DDD

    Aquele abraço

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  4. Exactamente o que eu pensei, Ricardo :)))
    Aquele abraço

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  5. Uma surpresa, Catarina.
    Fiquei com muita vontade de experimentar.

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  6. Pena que por cá não há nenhum destes :(

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  7. luisa,
    Em Macau estão a construir um Metro de superfície.
    Mas não vai ter carruagens com esta decoração.
    Nem nada parecido!!

    Carlos,
    Quando se liberta a imaginação, e se incentiva a criatividade, até um comboio pode resultar nesta maravilha

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