Metro Magic: Show Me the Money

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Metro Magic: Show Me the Money
This is the seventh in a series of stories about the wonders of the Paris Metro System.  Walking through the Pont Neuf/La Monnaie metro station, I can’t keep Jerry McGuire out of my head. Show Me the Money! Show me the money! The iconic scene in the film keeps appearing. Tom Cruise (sports agent) and Cuba Gooding, Jr. (football star) are in a “Show Me the Money” shouting match that escalates to crescendo, sealing their relationship. Why this image? Because money is in the air in this vaulted-ceiling Line 7 station. Huge ceramic replicas of French coins dance on the ceiling and cascade down the walls. Money is everywhere in the Pont Neuf/La Monnaie metro station. Photo by Meredith Mullins. Of course, money isn’t everything; but, because the Pont Neuf/La Monnaie station is near the Monnaie de Paris (the Paris Mint), it becomes a feature of this station design. Replicas of the old coins are displayed in the showcases. Photo by Meredith Mullins The artistry of the coins is worthy of study. Photo by Meredith Mullins. La Monnaie de Paris The focus on the Paris Mint and the coins produced over the past 1150 years is well deserved. The mint (just across the Pont Neuf from the metro exit) is the oldest working Paris institution and continuous coin producer in the world. The mint is housed in the Hôtel de la Monnaie on Quai Conti, along with the Musée de la Monnaie de Paris. In the station, you’ll find a preview of what’s happening at the Musée de la Monnaie. Photo by Meredith Mullins.
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Lead photo credit : Photo by Meredith Mullins

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Meredith Mullins is an internationally exhibited fine art photographer and instructor based in Paris. Her work is held in private and museum collections in Europe and the U.S. and can be seen at www.meredithmullins.artspan.com or in her award-winning book "In A Paris Moment." She is a writer for OIC Moments and other travel and education publications.