Wednesday, 23 April 2014
Tuesday, 22 April 2014
Thankfully I don't have to commute to Paris from Tours every day, but here are some statistics about those who do:
- 4000 people do the Tours-Paris return voyage every day.
- the journey takes about an hour (compared to minimum 2.5 hours by car).
- parking at Saint Pierre des Corps will cost you €78/month and there is a 2 year waiting list for places.
- a monthly ticket for the TGV costs €600. This goes down to €462 at the end of three years of commuting.
The commuters have formed a rail users group, just to make sure that SNCF and the local authorities keep on their toes and provide the best possible service. Some of their concerns are that track maintenance has been downgraded in the last couple of years and the track is deteriorating which causes delays; there are fears that the new high speed line to Bordeaux will sideline the TGV to Tours; the price of tickets continues to go up (34% in the last 10 years); and only the deputy mayor of Tours attends their meetings, not the mayor (the mayor of Saint Pierre des Corps attends), so they feel their concerns may not be getting the full attention of the local authority.
Monday, 21 April 2014
In France the church bells go to Rome and bring back Easter eggs, so you also find chocolate bells amongst the chickens, eggs and rabbits on the supermarket shelves.
Sunday, 20 April 2014
PS Chiotte (or more usually, chiottes) is French for dunny. (It amuses me that even when you are using slang it is not considered proper to refer to toilets in the singular in French.)