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What station do we enter and how do we transfer to another line?

We are staying at 29 Rue Cler, Paris. We plan on shopping the flea mart at Vanves on Marc Sangnier Blvd. I understand that line 13 on the metro will get us there, but I am not sure what station we should enter to take us, and how do we transfer from line 8 to line 13?

Posted by
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You should look at the Rick Steves Paris book as well as The Paris by Train website for Metro basics. Looking at a Google map, I see your accommodation is about equally close to the Ecole Militaire and La Tour-Maubourg stops on line 8. Then, you should look at a metro map while reading the following: You enter at either one of these stations, and take the train labeled "Direction Creteil Prefecture." You take it one stop (from La Tour-Maubourg) or two stops (from Ecole Militaire) to the Invalides stop. At this stop you follow signs labeled "Correspondences" to line 13, and to "Direction Chatillon-Montrouge." You take this train to your desired stop (I'm not sure where that market is) and exit (follow "Sortie" signs). If you don't mind a slightly longer walk, you can walk to the Varenne stop on line 13, so no changing is needed. Your cheat sheet: "Direction" indicates which way the train is going, by telling you the last stop (not easy at first, but you'll get used to it). "Correspondence" means transfer - the way to another line (or lines).
"Sortie" means exit.

Posted by
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Harold has given you excellent directions. One minor correction: The French word for connection is spelled correspondance. For a zoomable map of the Metro and RER system, go here: http://tinyurl.com/6xmvms4. It looks like the closest Metro station to the flea market is Porte de Vanves.