Another early morning start, the Eurostar left London at 6:55am so I arrived at Paris around 10am. Beautiful sunshine welcomed me there, and after sorting out which train station was Gare du Nord and which was Gare de l’est, I continued my journey to Strasbourg.
A Velolib bike – Velolib is the Parisienne bike-hire scheme.
The TGV looked quite funky from the inside – extravagant colours and shapes – much more interesting than the bland interiors of the Eurostar.
I remember when I first heard of the TGV, probably 15 years ago, it seemed as a truly remarkable piece of technology. However, after countless trips on the Eurostar, it wasn’t that special anymore, though the legroom was much bigger than the Eurostar’s. It took the train a bit more than three hours to take me to Strasbourg, and arrived in Strasbourg around half 1. A local train took me to Offenburg, so by 3pm I was in Offenburg.
Super-exciting rails at Offenburg.
My hotel is situated on the high street, right in front of a church – and just as I expected, at 7am sharp, the bells went off, waking me up right away. Shortly after that I headed out to the course, so now I’m going to explore the course and figure out the game plan for tomorrow.