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Train to Lyon


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We woke reluctantly and dressed and went to breakfast. When we go through the garden, it is misted so it is cooler there. They have finally noticed that the door that everyone uses into where the buffet for breakfast is, has a step of about 2 inches which is difficult for me as I have to lift the scooter over it. There is another French door which is much easier. Of course this is our last day.

We went out into the lobby to wait for the bus which was a little late. Paris is all in a tizzy because of the heat - apparently when they had their last heat wave in 2003 it was blamed for 15,000 deaths. Some schools have closed.
From the bus

From the bus


We got to the train station and we all got off and most of us followed a guide but Dragan and A and I went to where there was an elevator which first went down to a lower level and then we walked (well A walked) to another elevator and we went back up. Everyone else used an escalator. They gave us our tickets which said the train was TGV INOUI which would depart at 9:59 - we were Class 1, Voiture (car) 11 and Place assise (seats) 41 and 43. We were to find our car and sit in our assigned seats although we could move around after the train started.
Train ticket

Train ticket


Seats 41 and 43 proved to be a single seat on one side of the aisle (43) and a window seat on the other side with seat 42 in the middle. A man who was not in our group was in seat 42.
My granddaughter in seat 41

My granddaughter in seat 41


There were tray tables and there was wi-fi but no plugs to charge a computer or phone. There was a small overhead rack which A put the computer bag into, but the small roller bags which people had and the scooter had to be stacked at the end of the car.

The train was running over 200 km/hr and it was hard to take photos because of the speed and also the window was dirty and there were reflections from the windows on the other side. But the countryside was very picturesque with little villages and farmhouses and what looked to me like winter wheat (golden in color) and maybe corn. I did take some photos. I think we both slept a bit.
Electric lines

Electric lines

Wheat field

Wheat field

From the speeding train

From the speeding train

French village

French village

Round hay bales

Round hay bales

Corn?

Corn?

Electric station

Electric station


The train was very quiet running - it didn't make clacking noises when it went over a joint. One of the men said they must have used continuously welded track. I looked it up and they do have long sections of track - longer than normal. BUt I think it is the meticulous preparation of the rail bed which is the key.

We got to Lyon about noon, and went from the train to a bus. It was hot.
Statue flower tree

Statue flower tree


The arrangements were that we could have a cooking demonstration and/or walk around and have lunch in town and there would be a shuttle to the ship or we could walk to it. But it was just too hot for most of us and I was not going to be walking in the heat (plus I didn't think either of us would be good candidates for cooking) so very few of us got off the bus. I took some photos from the bus.
Clock tower of the Charity Hospital

Clock tower of the Charity Hospital

Louis XIV statue

Louis XIV statue


Most of us just went to the ship. Here they had a buffet type meal set up in the lounge for us to get something to eat while we were waiting to get into our rooms.
Soup for lunch

Soup for lunch

Lounge

Lounge


When we got to the room, I asked them to take a chair away. Without it I can come in and turn around where the chair was at the desk and then the scooter will be facing out for me to leave.
Scooter in the room

Scooter in the room


Our cabin is very nice - a little smaller than the one we had on AmaViola. Having the beds as twin beds makes one of them be up against the wall of the bathroom. Both beds have their OWN night table!! The night tables are small with a lamp a drawer and a shelf.
Beds

Beds


There is a nice picture/painting on the wall and a bureau with three drawers.
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There are three doors to the closet and one of them has shelves. There are plenty of hangers. Because it is so hot, we keep the curtains drawn

The bathroom has a mirror on the door and there is a mirror on the wall over the sink with a cabinet behind it and there is a cabinet below the sink too. They brought me a shower chair.

We had a meeting to do the safety briefing, and then Dragan talked to us about the schedule.
Dragan

Dragan


I thought maybe I could walk from the room to the dining room, so I tried that and used the elevator. But they said the elevator would not go down to the dining room level so I had to use the steps. Then they seated us at a table for 6 but no one else came to sit with us - they were all in their own groups. That is one of the disadvantages cruising with a large group, if you are not part of the group. I signaled to Ellie's grandmother to come sit with us - there were four of them. So they completed the table. I had
Water melon gazpacho

Water melon gazpacho


Cream of oyster mushroom soup

Cream of oyster mushroom soup


The watermelon was good but the soup was too big a serving. I forgot to ask for the sorbet as I thought everyone would get that. My granddaughter had that. Then since I had beef last night we had the Sea bream Fillet with goat cheese

Sea bream Fillet with goat cheese


and for dessert we had
Ice cup Strawberry Heaven with Bailey's

Ice cup Strawberry Heaven with Bailey's


They gave us a plate of Petit Fours for the table to share, but they were all stuck to the plate. So you would take one and would only get the top part of it. They were good even so.

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Posted by greatgrandmaR 21:07 Archived in France Tagged paris france train boarding elevator lyon dragan heat_wave 200km/hr ama_viola briefing

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I well remember that heat wave of 2003. We are having a similar or worse one right now here in Frankfurt, with temperatures in the upper 30s C. But Paris is always a couple degrees hotter than we are.

by Nemorino

The heat wasn't as bad as our heat waves here (IMHO) because it got cooler at night and it wasn't humid. I tried not to be out in the middle of the day. (You know that old song - "Mad dogs and Englishemen go out in the noon-day sun"

by greatgrandmaR

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