Celia's blog

Musings on life in Lodeve, Languedoc

New Year in Paris

Posted by celiahukins on 07/01/2011

January; time to return to the UK. The weather had been dull all over Christmas but of course on the day we left the sun was shining. Our neighbours called to us from their balcony across the valley as we stood on the terrace about to leave. From the bus to Montpellier, we looked out at the sunshine and then had a drink in the sun at the Lizard Bar at the station, before taking the train back to the north and the cold.

When we arrived at the Gare de Lyon it was only a 3 minute walk to our hotel which was right opposite the station, so we had time to wander round afterwards. We walked up to Place de la Bastille and then on to the Marais and round the Place des Vosges, the streets busy with Sunday shoppers, the cafés offering vin chaud and hot chocolate which many appreciated on a cold afternoon.
And then – a return visit to Le Train Bleu. This restaurant, originally called the le Buffet du Gare de Lyon but now in fact much more than that, was renamed in 1963 after the Blue Train which went from Calais, via the Gare du Nord, round the outskirts of Paris to the Gare de Lyon, then overnight to Marseille and on to the Cote d’Azur; it was called that because the sleeping cars were painted blue, and was the setting for several books and films.

In the restaurant you can sit and admire the wonderful belle époque decoration and the paintings of the midi – and the food and the service are excellent. We chose the Menu Régane which at 54 eroos including a half botle of wine each was an excellent treat.

On Monday morning we just had time for a walk along the Promenade Plantée, which follows a former railway track along the Viaduc des Arts, before catching the RER to Charles de Gaulle airport.

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