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Nice start to the trip. I took one of those TGV trains from Paris to Reims this year. It's the way to go. It was only a 45 minute trip. Great ride. I took the Eurostar years back from Paris to London and enjoyed that as well.

Some nice photos from the train even with the light reflection. Can't believe how rude that woman was taking your seats!

That was good thinking on your part to get Metro tickets on board. I always go for a carnet (ten tix) as well as you save a bit and don't expire. I have a couple left from Paris this year. Not sure when I'll be going back, but probably within three years.
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Nice start to the trip. I took one of those TGV trains from Paris to Reims this year. It's the way to go. It was only a 45 minute trip. Great ride. I took the Eurostar years back from Paris to London and enjoyed that as well.
I've never been on the TGV, usually because if we're going anywhere other than Paris or Brussels, we tend to take the Eurotunnel, rather than the Eurostar, and then drive. However, when they get the high speed trains running from Paris to Bordeaux, we did say that we might do that...

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Some nice photos from the train even with the light reflection. Can't believe how rude that woman was taking your seats!

That was good thinking on your part to get Metro tickets on board. I always go for a carnet (ten tix) as well as you save a bit and don't expire. I have a couple left from Paris this year. Not sure when I'll be going back, but probably within three years.
We have a fair few left from our day, but hopefully we'll be using those in the next couple of months, if things work out with our plans....
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So glad your train was on time (as that wasn't my experience with Eurostar)! Beautiful sunrise photos. How nice for Mark to be able to see the countryside out the windows for a change.
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Such a cool train ride, especially coming out of the chunnel and arriving in France. Luke and I would love to ride a high speed train some day. We have ridden trains into quite a few US cities and it seems we are always greeted with graffiti. Good deal saving time by buying the Metro tickets while on board.
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Great pictures of the countrysides. When you were coming into Paris, seeing that graffiti reminds me of taking the train from where I live into NYC.
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Great pictures of the countrysides. When you were coming into Paris, seeing that graffiti reminds me of taking the train from where I live into NYC.
That reminds me. When I took the regular train from CDG Airport in Paris to the main city, it was very noticeable as we approached from the north part of the city to the main, how gritty it is in Paris on the outskirts. There was also quite a bit of graffiti on the buildings as well! You don't see this that much in the center of Paris, but on the outside of the city, especially when traveling by train, you tend to notice this! It's also a little dicey in these parts and good to be safe and know your surroundings!
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So glad your train was on time (as that wasn't my experience with Eurostar)!
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Oh trust me, even when he's driving, he manages to see the countryside. The amount of times he tells me where the cows are is just unbelievable!
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Such a cool train ride, especially coming out of the chunnel and arriving in France. Luke and I would love to ride a high speed train some day. We have ridden trains into quite a few US cities and it seems we are always greeted with graffiti. Good deal saving time by buying the Metro tickets while on board.
You'll have to head over this side of the pond and take the Eurostar from London to Paris or vice versa....
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That reminds me. When I took the regular train from CDG Airport in Paris to the main city, it was very noticeable as we approached from the north part of the city to the main, how gritty it is in Paris on the outskirts. There was also quite a bit of graffiti on the buildings as well! You don't see this that much in the center of Paris, but on the outside of the city, especially when traveling by train, you tend to notice this! It's also a little dicey in these parts and good to be safe and know your surroundings!
I think gritty is a good way to put it. I think Paris is like any big city in this respect, as London's certainly the same - with some very nice outskirts, but also some very gritty outskirts too.
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Thursday 5 December – part three: it’s not as good when you sing!

Exactly on time at 11:17am, we were arriving, and we were quickly off the train and bid goodbye to our friends who had kept us company on the way here. They were a very nice and chatty couple.

At first, it didn’t feel too cold out, but as we walked along the platform, we could feel the wind a bit more, so I gave in and put my winter coat on.



We headed into Gare du Nord station and my goodness, I was glad that we had bought our Metro tickets for Paris on the Eurostar, as there were long lines at all ticket machines we saw along the way.



We made our way towards the Metro and only had a couple of minutes to wait before a train arrived at the platform.



I was originally planning to get off and change to another line, but as I was on board the train, I realised that we could stay on the whole way and just get off at the next station along, which made much more sense, so that’s what we did.

As we headed to our destination, we were serenaded by an accordion player (very French! ) who was pretty good, until he decided that he was going to sing along to what he was playing. Suddenly, it wasn’t so good. He was a busker, but how he makes his money, I do not know, as he played for about three stops, and then never even walked up the carriage to try and get more money, which was a bit odd.

We also had a woman walk through the carriage, telling us in French that she had no home, but Mark was instantly suspicious, and probably rightly so. As he said to me, “she looks very good for someone with no home…”

We got to our destination and came out at the Bastille and, for those of you wondering, this is related to the famous prison of the French Revolution and Bastille Day. Nothing now remains of it though. The striking monument in the middle is the Colonne de Juillet, which is topped by the genius of Liberty. It’s a memorial to all those who did in the battles of July 1830, which led to the overthrow of the monarchy. The crypt beneath it contains the remains of more than 500 victims of the fighting, which is a bit of a sobering thought.



We got our bearings and headed off towards Place des Vosges, finding some lovely buildings and this beautiful church on the way…



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Those beggars are on the trains every day. Sometimes they carry puppies, sometimes they have a small child who really should be in school with them and I even saw one with a really sick child. I'm not sure they are real beggers either though as they all have the same script. I think they are brought in by gangs who "employ" them to do this. I always wonder if they ar not followed by pickpockets who act while the beggers distrct your attention. In fact it makes me really sad that this is how some poeple and particularly some children "have" to live that I actually hate taking the trains which is why i drive to work.
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Sounded like a smooth transition to the Metro at Gare du Nord. Aside from the beggars.
I don't know why, but I loved the Bastille area! When I was there, I didn't find it too touristy, maybe that's why.
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Finally joining back in after a couple of days away-- You've made it to Paris! It's a good thing the train was running on schedule and you saved time with the Metro tickets. Wouldn't do to waste much time on a short trip like this one!
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