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!