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2012-Jun-8 - France Trip 2012 - Nice to Paris (Friday)
This all went pretty smoothly thanks to our earlier experience.

We took a taxi from the hotel to the railway station. This seemed to be quite a distance.

We were an hour early but spent the time having a good chat with some American travellers.

Once we were on the train we quickly lodged our large suitcases in the storage area that we had noticed on previous trips.

The first 3 hours of the journey appeared to be spent on slowly travelling from one town to another along the southern coast (I think Aix En Provence was the last town we stopped at)

Then it seemed to be a quick 2 hour journey up to Paris.

We arrived at Gare De Lyon around 5.00 pm.

The press of people was so intense that it took 15 minutes just to walk down the platform to the main station area.

We stood with our two large suitcases, buffeted by the crowds, the noise and the sights.

I fired up GPS and Google maps on my phone and looking around at the exit signs eventually worked out which exit we should follow.

Once we were outside I walked about 50 metres looking at google maps to check that I was heading in the right direction.

After this it was only 3 or 4 blocks to TimHotel rue Austerlitz.

The rooms in this hotel were very, very small.

It was an exercise in logistics just to find room to open up a suitcase.

To get past the end of the bed you had to shuffle along with your back to the wall.

The shower recess was so small that the wet shower curtain fastened itself clammily to your body.

Breakfast was provided at an additional cost - 13 EU - the most expensive yet.

Linda had been conducting a conversation with Laurent and Deborah on Facebook mail so we were able to organise dinner with them.

They arrived at 7.30 pm on a motor bike and took us to dinner at a nearby café.

It was really good to see them again.

Really cramped hotel room