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19. TGV

How to go fast without flying!

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We had a very quiet day yesterday. A wander as far as the Halles shopping mall then back to the hotel to get the luggage. Couldn’t find anywhere good to sit nearby until our early afternoon train so wandered into the station. Based on our 1st class tickets and experience with OBB lounges, we tried the SNCF Grandes Voyageurs lounge but hadn’t got the right tickets ☹️ but the “concierge” took pity on us with our luggage and said that as it was quiet there at weekends, she would let us in. So we were able to relax in comfy chairs in a nice quiet area until it was time for the TGV.😁

Wow, the TGV is stunning! It is so fast and smooth as it hurtles along at up to 320kph …it does feel very rapid and you realise that most when it gets into the outskirts of Paris and slows down to normal speeds for the last half hour.
Hotel is near Gare de l’Est and not for from Gare du Nord for tomorrow, so we had a practice run getting to Nord from our hotel to avoid a taxi in the traffic and had a recce of our surrounds here. Plenty of green-shirted Irish supporters ready for the evening’s World Cup Rugby match against Scotland…and a few Scotland supporters around too in the cafés and bars. I enjoyed the luxury of watching the game on the tv in our room…shame Scotland didn’t do better, but Ireland were excellent and deserved the win.

Posted by nanny0gg 06:19 Archived in France

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