In Basel we have a cuppa and then find lunch to eat on the next train. Garrie has never had a large pretzel, nor a bagel so we buy one of each, so that sees us eating American food, bought in Switzerland in France! He likes both, though I far prefer the bagel.
The TGV from Basel to Paris is much more difficult to take pics from as it rockets across the countryside. In test runs this train has reached 574.8kph (357mph), fortunately these commercial trains regularly reach only 320kpm (200mph) so they don't scare you too much! We pass through farmland that very much reminds us that the Tour de France is on next month. We see plenty of renewable energy and free ranging (happy) pigs. People who ask us about renewables in Australia find it impossible to get their heads around the fact we have a Prime Minister pushing coal.
We sort out our currencies (from Swiss francs back to the Euro). I am thinking my family and friends in the UK might not agree but as a traveller, one currency across all of the EEC countries would make so much more sense.
About halfway to Paris we have rain, but honestly the weather has been so kind to us and I can think of only one day where it rained when we were travelling. That was in Brussels when the train turned into a tram and we were making the walk across to our hotel. Even then it didn't cause us any real drama. Today the Gods have smiled again and the sun is shining as we walk out of the Gare de Lyon. We have decided to walk along the Seine to our apartment, maybe about 2km, rather than hopping the metro. This strange building greets us.
Can't recall the view? Well this is where we started almost two months ago. Here's the blog post with the start of Paris.
Au revoir for now. Xxx