Location: Cassis and Aix En Provence – traveling to Paris
I honestly did not expect Daniel to be this excited about trains when he first brought up the idea of taking the TGV from Cassis to Paris.
To me, it was just another facet of our trip; the most efficient way to get from one area of France to another. In hindsight, I must have missed a glint in his eye… maybe a subtle grin and shiver of excitement.
Because Daniel? He loves trains, I learned.
And after riding the TGV, I have to agree.
It wasn’t like any train I’ve ridden in the States – it was fast, quiet, and didn’t stop constantly to let people on and off. The ride was smooth, and the seats were comfortable. What was this devilry? But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We couldn’t just waltz onto the train carrying our tiny little BMW crossover. First, we had to return the car.
There’s not really much story to returning the car, actually. We sort of just returned it. The drive was unique, I guess, since a BMW Crossover cannot in fact hold five people and their gear comfortably… instead, we sort of packed ourselves below the gear… it was super-safe though, since there was nowhere for us to move, and we were protected by bags in every direction.
But so we returned the car, then walked over to the station and sat down to rest and wait for the train. I even bought myself a quiche. Speaking purely in French, no less.
Then, the docents called us all forward, we showed our tickets, and waited at the platform as the train slowly cruised into the station.
Packing our bags onto the car was interesting, though not particularly difficult… we had noticeably more luggage than most, but that just meant that it was easier to find room to put it. And once it was done we sat ourselves into a pair of “facing each other” style seats and locked ourselves down for the journey… Daniel and I did get up to explore the food car for a bit (aww yeah cappuccino and twix bars), but for the most part we chilled, read, and chatted. And I may have stolen subtle glances at the super-cute French girl sitting next to us. But since she was playing cards with her parents… I wisely kept my nose shoved into my book.