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If you have never been in a couchette(pronounced coo-shett) before, it is an experience. You sleep with 5 other people in a compartment with all your luggage. Pray that you don't get someone that snores in your compartment!! Try to get the top bunk, as that is a little more private and you won't have to worry about people stealing stuff out of your luggage! It was an adventure, and I would probably do it again. (Ignore the expression on my face as it was a long day and my wife took the picture at a bad time!)
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The train was very important...
The train was very important to me in Paris. I arrived by train. I took the train to Rome and back. It is a great train system in France. Here is a picture of the TGV Train. Its fast, but smoothe.I used 3 different train stations in Paris on my trip there.
I alson got around by walking and a cab.
I went to Paris by train from...
I went to Paris by train from Barcelona (RENFE's Talgo), and it was excellent. You can also arrive there with SNCF (french trains company), and of course by plane or car (although I don't recommend to drive in Paris with your car if you don't have a very good practice...)
You better take a Metro/RER guide at any news stand. With the Metro you can go almost everywhere in an easy way, and so with the RER (although with the RER you can go outside Paris). Take care of the prices: there's a limit when you take a RER (for example, if you go to Bd. Victor with RER C you just have to pay the same price of a Metro ticket, but if you want to go to Meudon or Versailles you must pay the correct price!).
Good ways to get there are...
Good ways to get there are aeroplane or train. It's easy to get around by driving own or hired car but there are so many other people who are thinking the same.
In Paris it' easiest to buy 10 or more metro tickets and a map of Paris. Then it's easy to conquer the places that You want to see.
We ended up on the train ride...
We ended up on the train ride from He**! We were coming from Milan (Italy does not exactly have the best trains in the world). It was an 11 hour ride, stuck in an overcrowded train, where we ended up standing or half sitting in the hallway for 9 hours of the trip.
The Metro is the best! Very easy, no problems!
By train is the nicest, you...
By train is the nicest, you arrive in the center of Paris and if your lucky to arrive early in the morning, you can see the Parisien waking up and going to his/her work. I really like being in Paris at 06.00 at gare du Nord and then sitting on a terras with my coffee and croisant, just watching people.
Just take the Metro or WALK! The city vibrates and when you're not acting like a tourist, they won't catch your wallet or anything, and you can easily walk around.
You can catch the little train next to the Basilica. It takes you through the streets of Montmarte and down the hill. Lovely experience for 5 euro.
Do not take the train from...
Do not take the train from Madrid if at all possible. It took me 36 hours to go from Portimao to Lisbon to Madrid to Paris. Only 3 hours of that was spent inside France!
Walk or the Metro.
Paris Central Train Station,...
Paris Central Train Station, the nearest station to the airport. From here, we activated our EuroPass.
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