I am not going to Lyon till tomorrow. But I can not help my old habits of checking things out ahead of time at leisurely pace.
So I thought I would scope out the train station and scout the Bullet train, TGV ( pronounced Te Je Ve) ahead of time and leave no room for surprises when I come with my heavy drag-on baggage. Surprise, there are no porters or cart. You are on your own.
So here she is.
There is one word to describe TGV. Fast! The world speed record holder, it zips from city to city at up to 322 kph (201 mph). With Paris as its hub, this high-speed French network interconnects throughout Europe making it an attractive alternative to the plane.If we had to find another word to describe the TGV, it would have to be “often”. Because every day 450 trains crisscross the network, offering you a wide choice of journey times.The TGV is France's technological gem, constantly improving comfort and performance while also keeping sight of the planet's well-being. In fact, eco-mobility is at the heart of the TGV experience. From the aerodynamic design of the lines to the manufacturing of the trains, each step is carefully researched to minimize the impact on the environment. Even our drivers are trained to 'drive economically' (power off when going downhill, adapting the speed to rail grip-reducing electricity consumption by a third). It continues throughout, with light fixtures that use low-energy light bulbs, air conditioning that adapts to the number of travelers, waste that is compacted and waste water that is recycled.