For the past few months, the city has been renovating Metro stations and I couldn't be happier with the results. The Trocadéro, which is a frequent stop or transfer point for me, looks absolutely fantastic. The lighting system is new and the familiar white tile is shiny, clean and bright.
The Place du Trocadéro is the hub of the 16th arrondissement. It's where locals and tourists gather at one of the many cafés and admire the Eiffel Tower from a distance.
I love this part of Paris - excited tourists pose in front of the Eiffel Tower while good-looking men pose in front of their fancy sports cars! It's like a street festival of happy people thrilled with their surroundings. If I don't have anything to do at night, I head to the Place du Trocadéro where I'm sure to find a comfy spot and plenty of atmosphere.
All of this activity creates a lot of traffic in the Metro station below. At Trocadéro, an accordionist often entertains passers-by. I love encountering musicians in the Metro - hearing their music resonate through the maze of tunnels brings a smile to my face.
If the music is good and quintessentially French, I tip generously.