I decided to go to Troyes from Gare de l'Est. After a couple of run-ins with SNCF ticket machines I bought my tickets at the counter.
|Train from Paris at Troyes. The driver was playing with the reverse which is why the red lights are showing at the front|
|The cathedral is smaller than most but looked to be in good condition.|
- salad of coquilles St. Jacques and pate de foie gras;
- mushroom omelet;
- Chinon rouge
There was then time to walk back to the station and catch the train back. This was a through train from Belfort and the hoped-for big diesel came barreling into the platform hauling a rake of Corail coaches. As usual, the speed at the platform end must have been at least 100 kmph but it made a smooth stop. The acceleration is not as good as the new multiple units but the big diesel did a fine job. The Corail coach provided an excellent ride and I enjoyed the trip back.
|Train from Belfort for Paris arriving at Troyes|
|Two big diesels at Gare de l'Est. Diesel hauled trains are becoming a rarity.|
This evening Veronica took us out to dinner in a restaurant in the rue des Dames. Gnocchi, salmon and duck, vegetable tartelette with a bottle of red wine.