But fbb went to experience buses and trains. So let's start with the town's THREE railway stations.
But, before we move on, let's tacke the problem of names which greatly exercised fbbs little grey cells. "Rive Gauche" translates as "left bank" and, indeed, line C of the RER does curve roud the "left bank" of the Seine, an area once famed for its artistic community (see yellow line on map below, right).
Perhaps we can understand the names if we think of Versailles to Paris with river on the right; and ditto with river on the left.
The Rive Droite route was the first to arrive in 1839 and the main station building is unchanged today.
The Rive Gauche line arrived in 1840 and disgorges its passengers very close to the queues for Palais visitors. Services began from what became Gare Montparnasse ...
fbb did not visit Chantiers.
Upon arrival at Château (Rive Gauche) station, chum David decided (on fbb's advice) to walk literally round the corner to view the entrance to the Palais; effectively to view the queue.
Of which more tomorrow.