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September 12, 2010

Cour Saint-Emilion

by soundlandscapes

Yesterday was a beautiful day in Paris with wonderful sunshine and the autumn leaves beginning to fall. I decided to go to Cour St. Emilion in the Bercy area of Paris in the 12th Arrondissement.

Named after the grand cru Bordeaux wine St. Emilion, the Cour, or courtyard, St. Emilion is in the area of the former wine warehouses of Bercy.

In the 19th century most wine arrived in Paris by boat and could only be sold in the city after passing through Customs. Huge quantities of wine from French vineyards were stored at Bercy in a series of long, low red brick warehouses. This ‘Entrepôt des Vins’ became the largest commercial wine distribution centre in the world.

By the late 20th century wine could be shipped directly from the French vineyards to the rest of the world without having to pass through Paris and so the need for the warehouses declined and eventually they were abandoned.

With the building of the new, automatic, Metro Line 14, Cour St. Emilion got its own Metro station and new life was breathed into the area. Today, the former wine warehouses have been transformed into shops and restaurants.

This photo was downloaded from here

Here is a recording I made on the automatic Metro line 14 on the way from Cour St.Emilion to the Gare de Lyon

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