After 3 days in Paris averaging 10 miles of walking per day (and 106 flights of stairs - up - on day 3), DH and I decided to take it easy on our last half-day, before our 2pm TGV to Lyon. So we slept in, checked out, and grabbed a quick café before hopping the metro with our luggage to the Gare, to enjoy a long, leisurely lunch at le Train Bleu.
We had been warned it would be overpriced... but what they heck, it's an experience.
It was not the best food we had in France, but it was certainly very, very good food, with nice typical menu (Prix fixe) options elegantly presented. The front desk checked our luggage for us, and seated us with minimal difficulty, even though we didn't have a reservation.
Amid all the modern high speed trains, this restaurant is a throwback to the days when rail was the only way to travel. High vaulted ceilings covered in detailed murals, fancy booths.. If you can afford the time for a proper multi-course meal, and the splurge (average maybe 120-50 euro for a couple), it's certainly a delightful experience to imagine yourself back in the train station's heyday.
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