Friday, April 2, 2010

Leaving Paris ~ le Train Bleu

Most high speed trains going from Paris to the South of France depart from the Gare de Lyon. I always try to get there half an hour early, so I have time to stop by the 'Train Bleu', a beautiful and ornate restaurant and bar within the station.

Looking through the arched windows of the first floor..

you can see it's magnificent crystal chandeliers, giving a hint of the old fashioned splendor inside..

Inside the station, by the platforms, you see a wide, curving staircase, leading to the 'blue train'

Once you go through the revolving mahagony door..

you are transported to the grandeur of an era gone by. The restaurant opened in 1901, it's large room has gilded arches and ceilings, wooden panelling, brass fittings, parquet floors, leather banquets and 41 vast paintings, covering the walls and ceiling. I just love the opulence and elegance of this epoque.

View from the bar, the restaurant is located further back in the room

toasting Paris good-bye with a glass of champagne

my 'photographer' had an unsteady hand ;-) Still wearing LFDSDV, Farandole necklace and Jumping boots, minus the Bolide(s) that is, lol.

From where I sat, I could easily keep an eye on the station clock on the platform

Stepping outside and seeing my train waiting, I could not imagine a more romantic way to leave the city of lights.

Le Train Bleu, First Floor Gare de Lyon, Place Louis Armand, 75012 Paris
Te: +33 (0) 1 44 75 76 76
http://www.le-train-bleu.com/

Wishing everyone a wonderful Easter weekend!

28 comments:

  1. Happy Easter, dear MaiTai. I love le Train Bleu - we have been treated to a super nice dinner when we were in Paris on a business trip a couple of years ago. Going up the staircase and stepping on this beautiful and historical restaurant felt amazing. Hope to be able to return soon :-)

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  2. Happy Easter to you!

    Your photos are lovely! I've heard so much about this place, but we've somehow missed it on our Paris trips. Next time for sure.

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  3. Thank you for the happy wishes, dear Butterfly. I hope too, that you will repeat your lovely dinner one day soon! :-)

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  4. Dear Deja Pseu, happy you like the photos! Like you, I kept reading about the TB many years before I actually went there. The prospect of having lunch or dinner in a train station was never quite enough motivation to make the trip..I still remember though the first photo I saw of the decor, it must have been 25 years ago.. it just blew me away, just as much as it does today.

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  5. Dear Mai Tai, thank you for sharing once again. I love the Train Bleu, and have been a few times, even though the trains to "my" South of France (Southwest) don't leave from the Gare de Lyon (unfortunately).
    Can't wait to see the Bolide, with Spring in the air it will be a lovely addition to to your accessories.
    Joyeuses Pâques,
    Warmly.
    ABG

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  6. How fun to think we might have crossed paths there, dear ABG, and perhaps one day we will! Joyeuses Pâques to you too x

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  7. I don't know how you do it, but you always make us (me) feel like we're right along with you on your beautiful, romantic and sometimes also adventurous trips. <3 Wishing you a joyful easter weekend! hugs, HM

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  8. How delicious; how utterly romantic and so much the Paris of the imagination.

    And to know that it actually does exist . . . ah, too wonderful. You've made it a "must do" experience for me, MaiTai.

    Thank you for keeping the romance alive in all of our lives through your lovely and insightful eyes.

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  9. Dear Maitai

    I had dinner in 2007 at Le Train Bleu. It´s magical!!! One of the most beautiful restaurants I´ve seen!Wishing you a nice Easter too.
    Hug

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  10. Dear hair-mess, so happy you should feel that way. Ever since starting this blog, I've enjoyed capturing moments that were special to me, hoping their magic would transmit. Your words meant a lot, wishing you a very happy Easter too <3

    Hugs to you, Jerrine. Romance is killing everything softly, and luckily, it can be found. Sometimes, I skip lunch in order to find the time for champagne at the Train Blue, 'joie de vivre' always has priority! x

    Manuela, so great to have yet another connection, yay! Loved to hear about your special night, and have a wonderful Easter too <3

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  11. Happy Easter MaiTai! Merci for making me happy a few times a week with your lovely blog. You are right - we must find beauty every day. For me, that includes visits to MaiTai....

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  12. Happy Easter to you too dear MT! Love these photos of the station...couldn't have said it better myself, I feel as though I am right there with you <3 Hope all is well!!

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  13. Dear emilyatheart, your comments always bring sunshine, here's to the things in life that make us happy!

    Dear DD, it makes my day that you should feel that way, as this is how it was meant. Hope all is well with you too <3

    Many thanks, dear FauxFuchsia, and Happy Easter to you too!

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  14. Happy Easter dear MaiTai. I've never been to Le Train Bleu but I've heard so many good things about it... And your lovely pics make this place seem even more magical....Some day I'll be lucky enough to go there myself.
    Thank you for sharing that moment with us.

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  15. Thank you for your sweet comment, booksnchocolate, it makes sharing such fun. Hoping the day you'll go there yourself comes soon. And a very Happy Easter to you too :-)

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  16. All the best Easter wishes to you dear MaiTai, and
    thank you for contributing such truly stunning pictures of your travels. We enjoy every moment!

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  17. wow this looks really divine. next time i'm in paris...!!

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  18. Very happy you enjoyed the pics, and so lovely to see you here, dear pamella! Wishing you a wonderful and happy Easter! x

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  19. You'll love it, darling DB! Make sure not to miss the train down South afterwards ;-) <3

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  20. Lovely photos MaiTai - another landmark for the "to do" list;-) I hope the next week goes by a la Grande Vitesse til you get your Bolide:-) Happy Easter!

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  21. MaiTai, thanks for sharing this lovely restaurant! Wld love to drop by when I visit Paris next =) You look lovely in the photo even through the shot is shaky, hehe.

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  22. Many thanks dear Scarf Addict, hope one of your many travels will bring you to Paris soon :-) No Grande Vitesse to speak of for the moment, so far the days have passed at what seems like 'esgargot speed', lol!

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  23. Hope you'll manage to drop by into the TB on your next visit, myfashionfiles, even if it's just for a drink! Glad you like my pic regardless, need to find someone with a steadier hand next time! ;-)

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  24. I'm in Paris since yesterday - looks like we just missed each other! I'll try to drag DH and DD and DS to Le Train Bleu. Thank-you for the lovely description, MaiTai!

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  25. Have a wonderful time in Paris, dear dance. Hope you can convince your men to go to the TB, please report back.. DS might be thrilled by the opportunity to watch trains at the same time as having lunch, but that depends on his age, of course! ;-)

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  26. Lovely photos, many thanks again and again for sharing...always a joy.

    Maisie xxoo

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  27. Thank you, dear Maisie! hugs

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