What better way to start your trip to Provence then by having a bite to eat at the elegant landmark restaurant Le Train Bleu located inside the Gare de Lyon in Paris. The restaurant was built in 1900 for the World Exhibition by PLM (Paris-Lyon-Marseille) which has since become the SNCF (Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer). It’s a grandiose restaurant serving 500 meals a day.
The décor is quite literally breathtaking. The massive rooms are covered in gilt and giant painting by famous French artists envelop the walls and ceiling. Scenes depicting south eastern destinations like Marseilles, Monaco, Villefranche and Arles are literally everywhere.
Travelling on the TGV (rapid train) between Paris-Avignon-Aix-Marseille is the most reliable and efficient way to travel south. You can buy your tickets on line at www.voyages-sncf.com or for discounted fares at www.idtgv.com
Bon appétit et bon voyage.