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By Train Paris to Nice

01 June 2011

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The quickest way to get from Paris International Airport (Roissy-Charles de Gaulle ) to Nice is by taking the high-speed TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) from Terminal 2. With travelling speeds of up to 300 km per hour, the trip takes a mere five and half hours compared to the eight and a half it would have taken if I'd opted to drive. It also meant I was able to sit back, relax and take in the amazing views of the countryside.

About the TGV

The high-speed TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) trains connect over 150 cities and towns in France. TGV has proudly served these cities in France and neighbouring Switzerland since 1981. A journey from Paris to Bordeaux will take only 3 hours on these trains as they reach a world-record holding 320 km/h. For 20 years it has regularly linked more than 150 destinations in France and Europe safely, quickly and comfortably. The TGV is considered the cornerstone of the European high-speed rail network with connections from France to London, Brussels, Geneva, Lausanne, Zurich, Turin, Milan, and more.

On board facilities

The facilities on board include comfortable reclining seats in 1st and 2nd class, with a refreshment carriage offering a variety of soft drinks, wine, beer, baguettes, cakes, slices, & desserts, warm and cold dishes. There was also a choice of newspapers and magazines to buy at the bar. Both classes had spacious seating configuration, plus an onboard nursery equipped with a dressing table and bottle warmer. There are also facilities on all major routes for handicapped travellers, with a special 1st class coach (accessible with a 2nd class ticket) which has a built in wheelchair lift and a bookable space for wheelchairs. The luggage racks were conveniently located at the entrance of each car. New features on the TGV include the "Carre", which is a seating configuration with two seats facing each other (on both sides of the aisle) with a table between. A glass screen separated several Carres from the rest of the car, and Kiosque, similar to the "Carre" but offering additional privacy, where instead of a glass screen there is a solid glass panel that makes the section look like a compartment. The first class carriages had power sockets for laptops and mobile phones, and we were able to organise a taxi to meet us on arrival at Nice through the train manager.

Nice

Before arriving into Nice, which is located on the French Riviera in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, we were met with the most gorgeous views all along the coastline. Nice is a major air transportation hub in Europe, with several low-cost airlines offering frequent flights to and from Nice & London, Paris and other cities. From budget hotels to elegant seaside resorts, excellent accommodation is available for all budgets. There are many interesting shops, restaurants and bars along the gorgeous cobbled streets near the seaside and in the old city (Vieux Nice). A highlight of my visit was the Cours Saleya market. Cours Saleya is one of the most vibrant and popular markets on the French Riviera. Covered cart after cart of flowers of all kinds, make a stunning sight. Beyond the flower carts, row after row of displays of fruits, vegetables, foods, and fresh fish are being sold by colorful, barking vendors. What an amazing sight and sound! You can purchase those special olives to have with your cheese and bread with a good bottle of wine. The vendors are friendly, happy, and helpful. Located in the old town of Nice, in the best known pedestrian district, the market is lined with cafes and restaurants making it a favourite meeting place for locals and a wonderful spot for people-watching! The terrific atmosphere is so magnetic everyone passes through here just for the sheer buzz.

So if it’s relaxing, comfortable, worry free travel you are wanting while getting to your destinations, I highly recommend you consider the TGV, and sharing the trip with locals and like minded travellers, many of whom are full of knowledge and helpful tips to make your journey even more enjoyable.

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