Scenes From a French Train

Posted on 25. Apr, 2012 by in Destinations, France, Photo Posts

When I was invited to visit Catalonia with Charming Villas in February, I had two choices - pay the hefty Air France fee to fly me to Barcelona, or suck it up, keep my money and hop on a 13 hour train journey. After all, isn’t the journey half the trip?

Well. I guess it is. But it was nonetheless a VERY long trip, and a tad stressful with 5 connections. But as expected, everything went perfectly well, and I even managed to document my trip, which took me from Clermont-Ferrand to Montpellier to Perpignan and other smaller places in between. Including along the Mediterranean Sea, through cities, and into the Cevennes Mountains

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Through the Cévennes

The nicest viaduct I had ever seen! This part of the ride was actually very slow because one does not cross the Cévennes in a straight line - it was a winding road, let me tell you. But it gave me enough time to thoroughly enjoy sights like these.

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Through the Cévennes

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french train

Brief stop in Ales

The moment I knew we had crossed to the southern part of the country was when I started noticing huge fields of olive trees and vineyards. All that was missing was a baguette and I had the ultimate southern French snack!

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french train

Ahh, the Pyrenees...

Right before we reached Perpignan, Iwas greated with this beautiful, striking sight. Hello, Pyrenees! It was the first time I saw them and I was not disappointed. I loved watching them change colors during the day, depending on the sun’s position. Pyrenees at sunrise are quite something.

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french train

Hello, Mediterranean.

These photos are certainly not my best in terms of technique or quality, and will never be on the cover of National Geographic. I took them in a moving train with my trusty iPhone and played around with the filters a little bit to make them more artsy (yeah, let’s call it that). TGVs are very efficient but absolutely not photo friendly.

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11 Responses to “Scenes From a French Train”

  1. Jeff Titelius

    25. Apr, 2012

    What a way to see Europe! I love traveling by train and watching all the picturesque scenes flash before me-a never-ending romance with visual splendor!

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  2. Travelogged

    25. Apr, 2012

    I love the trains in Europe, so I think you made the right decision. As long you didn’t have too much baggage, that is…. Dragging on and off multiple suitcases would have been a nightmare, especially with all of your connections. As we plan our next trip to Europe, I don’t think the train will really factor in because we have a toddler now and so much extra stuff to bring that it would be too hard to use the train to get from point A to point B. Perhaps a day trip though…

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    • Marie

      14. May, 2012

      I’m learning my lesson after a few trips - heavy luggage are such a hassle!

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  3. Alexa Meisler

    25. Apr, 2012

    Pyrenees is absolutely beautiful! I love how the water sparkles. Europe is really beautiful.

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  4. Andrea

    25. Apr, 2012

    Pretty good for a moving train - such variety. I never see much more than pastures out my window, haha.

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    • Marie

      14. May, 2012

      Haha, keep in mind that this was a 15 hours long trip, I did see my fair share of pastures, too!

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  5. It looks like a very scenic trip! I’ve only had one major train journey which took me to Eastern Canada and I was slightly disappointed by the views. But this, I could enjoy.

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  6. Laura

    29. Apr, 2012

    This remind me of our trip by train through France. Wonderful times. Thanks for bringing those memories back. :)

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