We first went to the Gare Saint Lazaire and admired the beautiful restoration that has been completed. Even the girl in the SNCF ticket office where I made the reservations for the trip to Reims on Tuesday thought it was the best in Paris. It seems there is a preserved women's prison in the basement.
|The restored concourse at Saint Lazare is magnificent.|
|There are still some old locomotives to be seen at Saint Lazare.|
|This section of the station was not being used to allow engineering work. This gave a clear view of the train shed which is not normally available.|
From the end of the T4 we took the metro to the Gare de Lyon for a sandwich break and a quick look around. Of course it was almost exclusively TGVs.
|This is the cat from the Train Bleu restaurant which seems to have been able to get through the revolving doors.|
It was owned by one of the chefs but when the chef left the cat decided to stay.
|At Noisy le Sec. They couldn't get the trams away fast enough.|
RER back to Gare du Nord. I was disappointed to find that the small bar area at the entrance to the customs area for Eurostar has been taken over by Eurostar so it is not possible to sit down and have a view over the concourse.
Metro back to Levis and after a short break it was out again to see Monceau and Square des Batignoles Parks. Both were very full. Monceau was full of groups playing games, kids on scooters etc. There was a long line up for the donkey rides. The entrance to Batignoles was filled with a flea market which drew the crowds and was doing a good business. In the park itself, the old ladies were sunning themselves on the benches in one area while the young family groups were closer to the lake. A warden was keeping people off the grass in some prohibited areas with a loud blast of his whistle. The men were playing petanque at the other end. Different strokes for different socio economic groups.
|Even a couple of women were playing petanque.|
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