The Anonymous Widower

Still Remembering Charlie!

I passed through Republic and took these photos in the square, that I visited soon after the atrocities a few weeks ago.

I haven’t changed my stance, that there was nothing that could excuse the murder of the staff of Charlie Hebdo.

February 19, 2015 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

A Quick Crepe And Then The Eurostar Home!

I’d booked myself on the last Eurostar back to London and I just had time for a crepe and some cider at Cafe Breizh, near the Metro station of Saint-Sébastien – Froissart, which is just two stops south of Republique on Line 8.

A Quick Crepe At Cafe Breizh

A Quick Crepe At Cafe Breizh

I made the mistake though of trying a new route to the Gare du Nord using Line 4. It didn’t take any longer but I spent twenty minutes finding my way to the Eurostar terminal, as the signage from that line was poor to say the least.

Of the three direct Eurostar destinations that I have used in Europe; Brussels, Lille and Paris, the French capital’s terminal seems to have been designed with the sole purpose of persuading passengers, that they are better off staying in the city. I can’t wait until direct services to Marseilles start!

February 19, 2015 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

A Diversion In Paris

As I had some time in Paris, I went to look at their first tram-train line, T4.

I didn’t ride the tram-train, as it was very crowded and I couldn’t find out how you bought a ticket.

But as it appeared the tram-trains were the same as those in Mulhouse, it was an experience I could pass.

The trams run from Bondy on RER Line E to Aulnay sous Bois on RER Line B.

 

February 19, 2015 Posted by | Transport | , , | 1 Comment

Strasbourg Station

Strasbourg station is unusual in that they’re put a glass canopy on a magnificent nineteen-century station.

I liked it. The design also allows the Strasbourg trams to be in a tunnel under the front of the station and be accessed by lifts and escalators.

As the building of these glass or plastic canopies and roofs is getting easier and cheaper, due to the work of structural engineers, I think we’ll see a lot more Strasbourg-style stations.

February 19, 2015 Posted by | Transport | , , , | 1 Comment

Lunch On A Clothes Line

I had a nice gluten-free salad for lunch at a restaurant called La Corde a Linge

The salad was called le corset, as a lot of the dishes were named after clothes as the restaurant had once been a laundry.

They knew their gluten-free and also sold a decent cider.

It was also delicious and good value.

February 19, 2015 Posted by | Food | , , | 1 Comment

Petite France

Petite France is an area of Strasbourg, that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

I walked around for an hour and had lunch there.

 

 

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Exploring Strasbourg

I didn’t have much time in Strasbourg before I needed to catch the TGV Est, so I used the excellent tram system to explore the city.

The trams are all low floor, which as a Londoner, you appreciate, as all the buses are going that way. The New Rputemasters are totally flat and no-one should have to accept anything less.

Strasbourg’s successful introduction of trams has been credited with helping to start the tram-revolution in France. Like Nottingham, which was an instant success in the UK, both networks are 100% low-floor. This doesn’t apply tro all UK tram networks.

As a Londoner, you appreciate this, as all the London’s buses are going that way. The New Routemasters are totally flat and no-one should have to accept anything less.

February 19, 2015 Posted by | Transport, World | , , | 1 Comment