All aboard!

6 Apr

It’s Easter weekend and I’ve decided to take my little one to the south of France for a few days.

We were taking the 9 o’clock train and quite unexpectedly arrived at the Gare de Lyon 45 minutes early… a first for the books!!

We decided to have a hot drink at the famous Train Bleu Restaurant.

Built for the World Fair in the 1900’s it was listed in the Inventory of Historical Monuments in 1972. Its ornate decoration with celebrated paintings on the walls and ceilings, polished wooden floors, floor to ceiling windows and old leather benches have received esteemed diners such as Coco Chanel, Brigitte Bardot, Jean Cocteau, Dali and Jean Gabin.

The Big Ben Bar, where we settled ourselves, resembles a Gentleman’s club, with brown leather armchairs and heavy wooden furniture (and is, indeed, full of business men in the middle of very important sounding meetings).

I made our order and almost chocked on my delectably fruity Earl Grey when the bill came. It was, as the French would say, hors du prix!

It must be noted, however, that one is not only paying for the splendour of the surroundings but also the incredible quality of the food and drinks on offer. Le Train Bleu is a gourmet restaurant and so one should be prepared to pay gourmet prices.

The upshot is that I know this will not be a regular occurrence considering the Gare de Lyon isn’t my usual hang out, but it did start our journey on a very classy (if not pricey) note!

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2 Responses to “All aboard!”

  1. Caroline Cickovic Aoustin April 6, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

    There is a Le Train Bleu in New York, inside Bloomingdale’s Dept store. It’s like stepping into an old dining car… very pricey as well but I doubt by Parisian standards. I love how you are not afraid to take the little one to any restaurants regardless of how chic they might be.

  2. parisbypoussette April 7, 2012 at 7:55 am #

    Thanks Caroline! As they say, you only live once and I’m not going to let anything get in the way of a gourmet experience 😉
    I must say that the waiting staff were incredibly charming and really made us feel comfortable.
    I’ll be sure to pop my head around Le Train Bleu when I’m in NY…how exciting!

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