Paris, France
48° 51' N 2° 19' E
Sep 13, 2004 16:30
Distance 399km

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Le Train Bleu

No, it's not the National Railways Homophile organisation (that's called "Gare!" - their exclamation mark). Rather, it's a most spectacular restaurant looking down from a terrasse at the Gare de Lyon (Lyon Station). Daniel and I were lucky enough to be taken there for an exquisite meal by way of thanks from John and Jacky for playing the role of gracious hosts.
The decor, well, you can see for yourself from the photos. More reminiscent of the ceilings of the Louvre or Versailles, much less a restaurant, let alone a train station! If I remember rightly, the restaurant has been there since 1905 and is now rightly a nationally-listed historic monument. Then, of course, there was the food - well, I'm not enough of a gourmet to adequately describe it, but it was the best of French cuisine I'm sure. You know, you get these tiny portions, but they are so rich that you feel satisfied after the first course (that is how these French woman remain a size 6 all their life, if you were wondering!).

Well, as some of you may know, I love train stations (yeah I'm a bit of a geek, but it's just that they're so.... European). And so this was the perfect dinner out for me. There's another similar restaurant at the Orsay Museum, which *used* to be a train station. But I don't think any of the other stations have this - which is a shame really. One day I would like to go to le Train Bleu again, and take a first train sleeper to Zurich or Venice or something (like I'm sure they did in the olden days) afterwards.

-- THE PHOTOS AREN'T REALLY AS DARK WHEN YOU ENLARGE THEM

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The terrasse overlooking the tracks The Bannister of the stairway up there The platform at night Some photos of the station I took the next day Some photos of the station I took the next day Some photos of the station I took the next day Some photos of the station I took the next day Some photos of the station I took the next day Some photos of the station I took the next day