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If you’re a regular of the Parisian metro, you might have already swished by the curiously named “Bonne Nouvelle” (or “Good news”) metro station.

Bonne  Nouvelle Station. Picture courtesy of Wikipedia

Bonne Nouvelle Station. Picture courtesy of Wikipedia

Named after the district of Bonne-Nouvelle, which in turn owes its name to the nearby church of Notre-Dame de Bonne-Nouvelle (or “our lady of good news”, referring to the Annunciation), this metro station does have a name to impress. 

However, if the name’s meaning comes as a disappointment and you’d have preferred a different, more imaginative sort of explanation, you’re more than welcome to imagine your own “good news theory” yourself.

What else could the “good news” actually stand for?

We bet that this underground “trip in the trip” could transform your otherwise glum ride into a much more gleeful undertaking.

The Bonne Nouvelle Hollywood inspired signage. Picture: Wikipedia

The Bonne Nouvelle Hollywood inspired signage. Picture: Wikipedia

As if the strange name wasn’t enough, the metro station’s signage verges on the extraordinary no less than its wording. If you looked close enough, you’d notice that the wavy font used in the Bonne Nouvelle station signage is printed in a fashion similar to the well-known Hollywood Sign. The station was designed using a cinema theme in celebration of the centenary of the subway and as a tribute to the area’s contribution to the theatrical and cinematic arts.   

The original Hollywood Sign. Picture: Wikipedia

The original Hollywood Sign. Picture: Wikipedia

So the next time you stop by, do take a look, and choose what your personal “good news” for the day would be – who knows, they might very well come true, after all?

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