• France's news in English
12 Paris Metro stations disguised in English
Photo: Zoetnet/Flickr

12 Paris Metro stations disguised in English

Oliver Gee · 9 Nov 2015, 16:13

Published: 09 Nov 2015 16:13 GMT+01:00
Updated: 09 Nov 2015 16:13 GMT+01:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

We've come up with twelve English-language anagrams of some of the busiest and most well-known Metro stations in Paris... but which ones?

To play, simply look at our re-invented Metro station names from the pictures, mix around the letters, and try to reveal the name of the real hidden Metro station.

We've provided clues, but if you can find the answers without them, we're impressed. And even if you've only been to Paris once you'll be familiar with most of them.

Good luck. They get harder as you go along (and there's a Metro map further down if you need help).
The answers are at the bottom. 
(Photo: Ian/Flickr)
This anagram actually describes the Metro stop incredibly well - it's an underground hell of all things that are on sale. And it's very central. 

(Photo: Ross Burton/Flickr)
After you've been to the tourist landmark near this Metro station, you may indeed need an operation on your ear - especially if you had front-row seats...

(Photo: Terrazo/Flickr)
If you cycle through the roundabout at this stop, you might feel ill, especially after dodging the motorists zooming around like mad beasts. 
(Photo: Zoetnet/Flickr)
This Metro station is a very busy one, overflowing with often aggressive passengers who couldn't care less about your well-being. At a stretch, you could compare them to rude dragons. The station is one of the busiest in Europe. 
This station can be a shady one, particularly at night. In fact, it's possibly in the top three stations where you're likely to find drug dealers hanging around. And it's also extremely busy.

(Photo: Baptiste Pons/Flickr)
Some would say the first arrondissement of Paris is a misery pad at the best of time due to all the tourists, so it's no surprise this station can be found there. Hint: It's named after a French battle in Egypt.

(Photo: Terrazo/Flickr)
Getting trickier now... This stop in Paris is near a very quiet place where you will surely find a bible. And it's not a church... To make it easier, we have removed the name of a French president usually included in this station name.
Don't be too spooked, but this Metro station is near potentially the most haunted places in Paris (and we're not talking about the Catacombes).

(Photo: Ross Burton/Flickr)
Which strip in Paris are you most likely to find people so drunk that they resemble a slurring vagabond? 

(Photo: Ian/Flickr)
There are plenty of fine restaurants near this Metro station on the edge of western Paris where you can, indeed, dine opulently.
(Photo: Jurup/Flickr)
At this Metro stop, you're more likely to find passengers (and plenty of them) on a train than on a tram... 

(Photo: Baptiste Pons/Flickr)
OK, this is the hardest. In fact, it's so hard we won't even give you a clue. Good luck. 
Story continues below…
Done? Well played. All twelve answers are below this map (click to enlarge it). 
Sales hell -- Les Halles
Ear op - Opéra
Ill beast - Bastille
Rude dragon - Gare du Nord
Get dealers - Gare de l'Est 
Misery pad - Pyramides
Quiet, oh bible - Bibliothèque (François-Mitterrand)
Ah, eerie scalp - Pere LaChaise
Slurred vagabonds - Grands Boulevards
Dine Opulently - Pont de Neuilly
Passenger on a tram - Gare Montparnasse  
A topless deliverer - Porte de Versailles
Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
France given wake up call as it bids for Brexit business
The business district 'La Defense' in Paris. Photo: AFP

France clearly has some work to do if it really wants to pinch business from the UK post-Brexit.

Mouth fun? French words you just can't translate literally
Do you know the French word for throat-support? Photo: AFP

Word of warning: Don't translate French literally.

How France plans to help its stressed-out police force
Yellow smoke rises around French police officers in Paris holding a banner reading "Solidarity with our colleagues, police angry". All photos: AFP

Could these measures stop the cops from protesting?

'3,000 migrants dispersed' after 'Jungle' clearance
Photo: AFP

While thousands of migrants have been bussed out around France, new ones are arriving all the time and thousands of others have simply been dispersed aid agencies say.

Fifteen of the most bizarre laws in France
Photo: Matthew Powell/Flickr

A must read for anyone who wants to stay on the right side of the law in France.

Medieval town in south of France upholds ban on UFOs
The town of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Photo: Aa77zz/Flickr

Aliens take note.

American tourist dies at French Riviera sex club
The Riviera resort of Cannes. Photo: AFP

American tourist reportedly fell five floors after being pushed outside the underground sex club in Cannes.

Paris: 'Flying' water taxis to be tested on River Seine
Photo: SeaBubbles

An in Seine idea surely? But tests will go ahead.

France joins fight for rich pickings from post-Brexit UK
Photo: AFP/DcnH/Flickr

France tries to woo EU's bank regulator and other agencies.

How speaking French can really mess up your English
Photo: CollegeDegree360/Flickr

So you've mastered French, but now it's time to learn English all over again.

The annoying questions only a half French, half Brit can answer
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Forget Brangelina's chateau - here are nine others you've got to see
The must-see French films of the millennium - Part One
How life for expats in France has changed over the years
Why Toulouse is THE place to be in France right now
Video: New homage to Paris shows the 'real side' of city
The 'most dangerous' animals you can find in France
Swap London fogs for Paris frogs: France woos the Brits
Anger after presenter kisses woman's breasts on live TV
Is France finally set for a cold winter this year?
IN PICS: The story of the 'ghost Metro stations' of Paris
How to make France's 'most-loved' dish: Magret de Canard
Welcome to the flipside: 'I'm not living the dream in France'
Do the French really still eat frogs' legs?
French 'delicacies' foreigners really find hard to stomach
French are the 'world's most pessimistic' about the future
Why the French should not be gloomy about the future
This is the most useful French lesson you will ever have. How to get angry
Why is there a giant clitoris in a field in southern France?
French pastry wars: Pain au chocolat versus chocolatine
Countdown: The ten dishes the French love the most
Expats or immigrants in France: Is there a difference?
How the French reinvented dozens of English words
jobs available