Sunday, August 30, 2015

Dreaming of France -- Traveling by Train

Please join this weekly meme. Grab a copy of the photo above and link back to An Accidental Blog. Share with the rest of us your passion for France. Did you read a good book set in France? See a movie? Take a photo in France? Have an adventure? Eat a fabulous meal or even just a pastry? Or if you're in France now, go ahead and lord it over the rest of us. We can take it

Almost everyone headed to France, and other places too, land in Paris at Charles de Gaulle airport. If  you're going on to other places in France or in Europe, you may take the long trek from the air terminals to the train station. They're all connected.
We pulled our wheeled suitcases behind us and weaved around groups of people who stood still, wondering which way to go to find a taxi. The same walk will take people to the local trains that ferry them into the heart of Paris.
When we traveled with the kids, we caught a bus that took us to the train terminal. Now, it's just easier to walk.
Once we got there, we saw this list of trains leaving Paris.
The trains from Paris go everywhere!
We had an hour or so before our train to Aix en Provence left, so we headed up to a local boulangerie, which is right there in the train station.

This is a chain now, and the food doesn't compare to what you might get at a local boulangerie anywhere in Paris or smaller cities around France. But to us weary travelers, what an opportunity to settle down and enjoy a few pastries.

This is a chausson pommes -- apples folded under that lovely sugary crust.

And this is a tart sucre. A sugar tart. 

And these pastries say welcome to France. I wonder how long it will be before I get to try these kinds of pastries again. 

Thanks for playing along with Dreaming of France. Please leave a comment and visit each other's blogs, too, so you can get your fix of France dreams.


Sim Carter said...

I want a chausson pommes and I want it now! Diet be damned.

Lee I said...

I NEED pain au chocolate for breakfast while in France, along with other pastries and bagettes. I wondered whether I would grow tired of it on a trip last year. I had it 28 consecutive days with no flagging of interest. Looking for a new record later this year.

Paulita said...

Sim, I'm with you.
Lee, I don't think I would grow tired of pain chocolat either! I'm so happy for you that you get to go to France for longer than 28 days this year.

Teddyree said...

those pastries ... my mouth is watering. I want pain au chocolat so bad after finishing The Paris Key I'm considering making some lol

we arrived in Paris on the Eurostar and we missed the return train to London a few days later due to traffic. Major panic lol but customs and other staff were so nice to us and we were on the last train of the night.

Louise said...

I so love travelling by train in Europe and am very concerned that the recent trouble on the Thalys is going to wreck an always wonderful experience. I could do with a chausson aux pommes right now.... my favourite breakfast pastry are chouquettes- tiny, but addictive.

Phoebe | Lou Messugo said...

Paul isn't bad as chain boulangeries go, but it's pricey. That's a HUGE departure board for trains; it's been ages since I've flown into CDG, but the trains that leave from it are very convenient. Would love to see you back at my monthly linky party #AllAboutFrance

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