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TGV Service Fast Train to Nice

I’ve just returned on a TGV train to Avignon after spending 24 hours in Nice. The quick trip on the fast train to Nice was planned with Patricia Sands and Nancy McGee to finalize our plans for the Memories Tour in September.

The train ride along the Côte d’Azur out of Nice is spectacular. Antibes and Cannes are places I have only dreamed of seeing. Now, they pass by me as if they were crossings on a road.

Continue reading here for Deborah’s photos and video from her TGV trip to the French Riviera.

Avignon TGV Need to Know

The Avignon TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) station is not in the centre of the old city. However, it is a short 20-minute (roughly) taxi ride or a drive to the city centre. There are several rental car options onsite just outside the station. The station is contemporary; the train tracks are raised above ground level. Inside the station, you will find services to buy a bite to eat, something to read and even a Starbucks coffee.

The Avignon Gare is the station located just steps from the old ramparts. This station is serviced by local and regional trains.

The national rail service, the SNCF, operates the TGV. The first trains operated from Paris to Lyon on September 27, 1981. Although the French TGV holds the record for the fastest speed at 574.8 km/h (357.2 mph), the trains typically travel at a maximum of 320 km/h (200 mph) with passengers.

As Deborah describes, a journey on the TGV is almost mind-blowing. You can travel from Avignon to Paris by train in just 2.5 hours or to London in under 6 hours.

Here is our list of ideas for what to do while you are in Avignon.


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Deborah Bine

The Barefoot Blogger, aka Deborah Bine, loves to share tales of her solo life in France as an American expat who speaks no French. Retired from a career in advertising and marketing communications, and divorced after a 40-year marriage with children, Deborah left Beaufort, South Carolina and all of her belongings last year to move to the south of France. Now that she has found her "bliss," her passion is to encourage others to break away from whatever is holding them back and to go after their dreams. "We're on life's journey alone. Be certain you love where you are."

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