London to Paris
Wednesday 9th March 2011
Eurostar to Paris in the afternoon, then dinner at Le Train Bleu in the Gare de Lyon in the evening.
Cote d'Azur March 2011
Chie, just before getting onboar the Eurostar at St. Pancras International.
On the Eurostar now just before leaving St. Pancras, with a not-very-glamorous sandwich from Marks and Spencer.
Me on the train doing a bit of a startled rabbit impression - I guess this is somewhere in France (French times from here on!).
After arriving and dropping off our bags at our hotel (next to the Gare de Lyon) we went for a quick early evening stroll along the Seine.
Notre Dame over there in the distance.
There's the rather majestic looking Gare de Lyon.
The Gare de Lyon again, on our way to dinner now.
Le Train Bleu - yes somewhat incongruously we were going to eat at the station buffet.
The sign closer up.
As is hopefully apparent, Le Train Bleu is somewhat more upmarket than your typical station buffet.
Chie in Le Train Bleu. Fittingly the mural behind her is of Villefranche-sur-mer, where we'd be staying a night as part of our trip.
My starter - scrambled eggs with black truffle.
Chie's main course - steak tartare.
My main course: "the vegetarian option" (this was utter crap).
It seemed appropriate to have a "Train Bleu" cocktail while I was there. It was not very nice.
Dessert - a profiterole.
One last picture of the superb decor before leaving.
...oh and a picture of the adjoining bar as well.