When the Icelandic volcano struck in April 2010 I was in Paris and could not get home. Did I worry? No, not a lot. The airline Easy Jet looked after this refugee very well and it gave me a chance to do things in the city that I cold not usually afford time to do. The Paris tourist office offered booklets featuring walks around each quarter of the city. I was advised by the booklet where to find street art, murals, sculpture and interesting architecture. One walk took me to the Gare de Lyon; one of the many railway stations in Paris. Next week I will show you the station's murals, but now we will visit the famous restaurant at the Gare de Lyon. Le Train Bleu is no ordinary railway station restaurant and has murals of it's own to delight the visitor.
Then I remembered that my good friend Fiona celebrated a BIG birthday at Le Train Bleu.(It was a year ago today, happy birthday Fiona!) Fiona is married to a chef and they both enjoyed their meal here. I wanted to text her for her foodie recommendations. However, there was only two vegetarian choices, both sounded fab and Fiona would have ordered neither of them. So instead I asked my attendent which of the two he would chose...
"The pasta" he whispered. "The portion is bigger".
The team of attendants were lovely to me, they tolerated my attempts to speak French with humour and on hearing that I was a stranded decorative painter that writes a blog they said "photograph everything, enjoy it all" So I did. I hope that you do too.