Friday, January 6, 2017

Friday 6 January - Saint-Germain-en-Laye

We took metro line 2 to the Etoile then RER line A1 to Saint-Germain-en-Laye.  The RER station at the Etoile has been recently rebuilt and improved, it has excellent wide platforms and improved lighting.  The train out was one of the new double deck ones which are still being delivered. We were almost to the terminus at Saint-Germain when the driver announced that the train would be terminating at Le Vezinet le Pecq, the last station before Saint-Germain. The platform indicator showed the next train leaving from platform 2 but it was very difficult to find out which platform this was.  Turned out it was a cross platform transfer but the RER signage leaves a lot to be desired.  The three platform lines here are numbered consecutively 1 then Z then 2.
RER train at platform Z Vezinet le Pecq

The market at Saint-Germain is very large and very lively.  It is in a nicely tiled square in front of the Post Office.
Looking for a place for lunch, Mary noticed a steady stream of locals going into La Continue de Marius without bothering to look at the menu board outside.  This was a good recommendation in itself.  We managed to get a table and had an excellent meal. The daily specials were very good, just two starters and two plats.
Hot Saint-Marcellin cheese heavily herbed was extemely good

Slice of turkey rolled up served on a bed of lentils, beans and sausage. Very tender and flavorful.
With a bottle of Pont du Gard red it was an excellent meal.

After lunch we enjoyed views of the chateau in the strong sun then returned to the apartment.

Later on I went down to Saint-Lazare to see if one of the 170xx locomotives would be working a commuter train. 17075 was on one of the double deck push and pull trains about half an hour later today than yesterday.

Today is Epiphany and we had a Galette du Roi from Diva et Chocolat. Mary found the feve.

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