The Anonymous Widower

France Opens Two New High Speed Lines

This article on Global Rail News is entitled.SNCF launches two new high-speed lines.

This map shows the two lines to Rennes and Bordeaux.


I doubt well ever lauch two high speed lines in one weekend.

It would appear that the two journies are timed as follows.

  • Paris to Rennes takes about an hour and three-quarts and costs ariund £72.
  • Psris to Bordeaux is a few minutes over two hours and costs around £88.

Prices are for a fully flexible ticket.

July 3, 2017 Posted by | Travel | , , | 1 Comment

Building Railways In The UK Is Easy

I have just read this article on Global Rail News, which is entitled French Senate approves Lyon-Turin rail link.

That sounds easy until you read this from the Wikipedia entry.

Test drilling found some internally stressed coal-bearing schists that are poorly suited for a tunnel boring machine, and old-fashion Drilling and blasting will be used for the short corresponding sections.

It is not going to be a simple tunnelling job. It is more akin to some of the eighteenth and nineteenth century tunnels through the Pennines. Except that the tunnel will be 57 kilometres long and modern explosives are better.

It will carry a lot of freight, in addition to passengers from Paris and Lyon to Northern Italy.

But I doubt, I’ll ever be able to take a High Speed Train from London to Milan, as I’ll be long gone before everything is completed.

January 28, 2017 Posted by | Travel | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Gare du Nord Now Has A Good Testaurant

Apparently, it’s called the L’Etoile Du Nord.

December 5, 2016 Posted by | Food, Travel | , | 1 Comment

Meet Linda From Coventry: She’s In The Driving Seat At Citroen

The title of this post is from an article in the Business section of The Sunday Times.

How many ladies run car companies? And how many are English and run iconic quirky French ones?

According to the article she is the first British woman to run a big car company and only the third woman in ever.

She’s probably one of the first widows of either sex too!

I think it must be well done to Linda from Coventry!

August 28, 2016 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

Is This French Punishment For Brexiters?

This article on the BBC web site is entitled Dover ferry port passengers hit by traffic chaos. This is said.

Holidaymakers have been hit by delays of up to 12 hours through Kent to get to the Port of Dover, with many being stuck in traffic overnight.
Port authorities said delays built up due to French border checkpoints being understaffed overnight during heightened security levels.

There’s always some problem with the French and the Channel every summer.

But this summer it appears to be worse!

Could it be that the French are showing Brexiters, that they control the border?

After all, we never seem to get a problem with the Belgians!

The strange thing last night, as I came in from Brussels on Eurostar, was that there was some form of overcrowding in the terminal at St. Pancras.

 

July 23, 2016 Posted by | Travel | , , , , | 2 Comments

A French View Of Croydon

There is an article in the Standard entitled French newspaper brands Croydon ‘dull and monotonous’ as French rugby team arrives for Rugby World Cup.

What are the French rugby team doing staying South of the River anyway?

Any North Londoner will tell you, as my mother warned me, that you can get lost down there!

September 14, 2015 Posted by | News, Sport | , , | Leave a comment

Eurostar To Marseilles

On the first of May Eurostar launched its service from London to Lyon, Avignon and Marseilles. Full details are given in this article on the France 24 web site.

Out of curiosity, I tried to see how many seats are available in the coming weeks.

There weren’t many left, so I suspect Eurostar might have a success on their hands.

On the other hand, when I travel up from the South of France or Switzerland, I often break my journey in Paris. So I still might do this, as the food is better than the train.

May 7, 2015 Posted by | Travel | , , | Leave a comment

From Mulhouse To Strasbourg

After exploring Mulhouse, I took an early evening train onto Strasbourg. Theation journey was done without any trouble, but as there was no information system on the train and station names were not too visible, I was worried about being taken to Nancy.

But a fellow passenger put me right.

Surely, in these days, it should be a European law that all trains have good information systems and that station names are clearly illuminated.

At Strasbourg the station wasn’t a problem, although in common with most European stations, the lighting levels, weren’t at the levels you get in the UK.

After a little bit of searching, I found that the tram to my hotel was in a tunnel under the station and with assistance from a helpful local, I was able to purchase a ticket and go the two stops needed.

Often the pasengers’ experience of a train, tram or metro journey can be improved significantly with clear signs and good lighting.

February 18, 2015 Posted by | Travel | , , , | Leave a comment

Uncertainty In Basel

The train arrived in Basel on time, but due to a misunderstanding with the public address, I got out at the German station rather than the Swiss one.

So I lost about half-an-hour on my way to Mulhouse. I then had to go to virtually a separate station to get my French train.

Surely for reasons of efficiency, the three stations should be more integrated.

February 18, 2015 Posted by | Travel | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sunrise On A Eurostar to Paris

I took these pictures as the Eurostar sped to Paris through the countryside.

So try to book a ticket in a window seat on the left hand side of the train.

In fact always book on that side if you want the sun as coming home you’ll get the sunset.

January 13, 2015 Posted by | Travel | , , | Leave a comment