Monthly Archives: January 2009

Lyon January 27-28

By | January 26, 2009 | in Attractions

I’ll be out of the office for a few days in Lyon on some consulting work.  I won’t be able to respond to questions on the forums with the timeliness that I’d prefer, but rest assured, I’ll get back to you by Friday or shortly thereafter.

Have a great week everyone.

Train to Disneyland® Paris

By | January 20, 2009 | in Attractions Eurostar RER

Paris Disneyland Train Station Marne La Vallee Chessy

The train to Disneyland® Paris from London is a Eurostar high speed train with travel time of 2 hours 55 minutes. Tickets start at £69 return.

The train to Disneylqnd Paris leaves once a day at 08:35 from London St. Pancras International Train station (King’s Cross Tube station) and arrives at Disneyland Paris park gates at 12:30 (Paris time, which is one hour ahead of London time).

Search for London-Disneyland Paris ticket availability at

More information: Eurostar train to Disneyland Paris.

If you plan on visiting Paris before making a trip out to Disneyland Paris, there is also city train service to Paris Disneyland. The train to Disneyland from Paris is the RER A commuter train which offers non-reserved seating train service between Paris city centre and Disneyland at Marne La Vallée–Chessy train station. Ticket price is 7,00€ one way or 14,00€ return.

Schedules, maps, tickets/passes and more information can be found here: Paris RER to Disneyland.

Trains to Disneyland Paris also leave directly from CDG Airport arriving at Paris Disney park gates in less than 15 minutes with ticket prices less than 15€ one way.

More information: TGV Trains from CDG to Disneyland Paris.

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Paris Apartment Rentals

By | January 13, 2009 | in Attractions

I recently met Gail Bosclair of Perfectly Paris which offers Paris vacation apartment rentals in the Montmartre area.

Visitors to Paris these days are getting savvy to the idea of renting out apartments for a few days to a week at a time.  They end up paying less than they would for a hotel while getting a real taste of what it’s like to live in a beautiful area of Paris like Montmartre, which has spectacular views over the city.

She’s got some really beautiful Paris apartments under management.  I encourage you to check out her properties.


By | January 11, 2009 | in Maps

France TGV Map showing high speed train lines in deep purple and light purple (click to enlarge).

TGV Train Map - France

This TGV Map shows the main TGV destinations in France:

  • Paris
  • Rennes
  • Nantes
  • Bordeaux
  • Montpellier
  • Marseille
  • Lyon
  • Strasbourg

The principal France TGV routes shown on the TGV map include:

  • TGV South-East (Sud Est) Line (leaving from Gare de Lyon station in Paris)
    • Paris to Lyon
    • Paris to Dijon
  • TGV Alps (Alpes) Line (from Gare de Lyon in Paris)
    • Paris to Grenoble
    • Paris to Annecy
    • Paris to Chambéry
    • Paris to Aix-les-Bains
  • TGV Mediterranean (Méditerranée) (from Paris – Gare de Lyon)
    • Paris to Marseille
    • Paris to Avignon
    • Paris to Aix-en-Provence
    • Marseille to Toulon (non-high speed)
    • Marseille to Nice (non-high speed)
    • Paris to Nimes
    • Nimes to Montpellier (non-high speed)
  • TGV Atlantic (Atlantique) (from Paris – Gare Montparnasse)
    • Paris to Tours
    • Paris to Bordeaux
    • Paris to Toulouse
    • Paris to Pau
    • Paris to Lourdes
    • Paris to Le Mans
    • Paris to Rennes
    • Paris to Nantes
  • TGV North (Nord) (from Paris – Gare du Nord)
    • Paris to Lille
    • Paris to Dunkerque
  • TGV East (Est) (from Paris – Gare de l’Est)
    • Paris to Reims
    • Paris to Metz
    • Paris to nancy
    • Paris to Strasbourg

Téoz train lines, in yellow, are regular speed (110 km/h) intercity trains.  TGV train lines in purple (both light and dark), are high speed train lines, known as LGV (lignes à grandes vitesses) on which TGV trains operate at 300-320km/h depending on style of train.  New double decker (duplex) TGV trains travel at 320km/h (199mph) at full speed while the older single level TGV trains operate at 300km/h (186mph).

Many edge destinations such as Nice, Toulon, Montpellier have a portion of the TGV route run at regular speed on non-TGV specific train lines (which are less straight).  These parts of the TGV route are run at non-high speed which is about 110km/h.

Champs-Elysées New Year’s Eve

By | January 3, 2009 | in Attractions

Avenue Champs-Elysées on New Year’s Eve looking with trees lit from Concorde all the way to the Arc de Triomphe.

Glass bottles of any type are now banned (“interdit“).  There’ll be packs of heavily armored police folks at all major Paris Metro stations along the Champs-Elysées searching bags.  People still manage to bring bottles on the avenue by simply walking from farther out stations.  This measure is to avoid mountains of broken glass along the street which presents a hazard to people who’ve been well “champagned”.

This photo was taken near station Champs-Elysées Clemenceau.