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Métro Stories #1

Author: Posted on: June 9, 2009 at 3:38 pm

The sleek métro whooshed past the eager passengers and came to a halt at the end of the platform. It was on time, as predicted on the illuminated board that counted down the minutes and seconds to the next train. Hoards of people packed the carriages like sardines yet they seemed aware of each others’ personal space. Everyone found a place to stand, a piece of railing to hold and waited for the train to depart.

Paris Metro Sign

The short monsieur with a briefcase made a dash towards the train just as the siren sounded before the doors closed. The pretty brunette in front of me and her cute boyfriend moved aside. A few seconds of silence ensued before conversations echoed vibrantly in the carriage.

I love it when I can eavesdrop in French.

The train was in motion. The brunette’s hand accidentally slid off the railing and touched mine. I heard her apologetic pardon which is commonly heard in the métro . Suddenly, her eyes widened and she looked a little startled.

C’est toi qui me pince?” (Is that you pinching me?) she asked her poker-faced boyfriend.

Standing behind her, he maintained a very quiet demeanour then denied he was the bottom pinching culprit. His playful echoes of c’est pas moi (it’s not me) did not convince either of us. The three of us exchanged a glance, a smile, then burst into laughter. The train continued its journey towards Tuileries station.

Next thing I knew, my bottom was pinched. My gaze shifted towards the cute guy on my right. Standing beside him was Mr G.



Corinne is the founder and editor of Gourmantic. An avid scribe, she has taken pen to paper since the age of five. Her repertoire includes long works of fiction, short stories and travelogues.

She is a winner of the GT travel writing competition, has judged the Australasian Whisky Awards for 2013 and several cocktail competitions. She is also named in the Australian Bartender Most Influential List for 2013.

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4 Comments to “Métro Stories #1”

  1. [...] on the Métro is a quintessential part of the Parisian experience for me, one that inspires memorable travel tales. And with a camera in hand to photograph the interior of the stations, I can always take home [...]

  2. [...] predict what the métro will show you. A young demoiselle may kindly give up her seat for you, someone may pinch your bottom or you may just quietly observe the Parisians going about their daily activities. Snap a photograph [...]

  3. [...] like métro stories, Gourmantic will feature a Paris Métro stations series designed to inspire the enjoyment [...]

  4. Oh, that Mr. G! Loved this little slice of Parisian life. Ah, to be back in Paris.

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