Al and I got up about 08:00 and after quickly showering we
went to check out our trains on the youth hostelís internet kiosk.† We discovered that the 10:45 train would get
us to Aix on time, so we had the usual breakfast then packed up and checked
The previous day's route
As we left, the route we had taken was very obvious from the
hostel, so we both took several photos.
It was possible to see the Aiguille du Midi, Mont Blanc du Tacul, Mont
Maudit and Mont Blanc itself, all bathed in sunlight, looking considerably more
inviting than they had felt 24 hours earlier.
We caught the bus into the centre so we could buy train
tickets all the way through to Aix then hopped on board the waiting train.† On the way down to St Gervais Le Fayet there
were some amazing views, both of our route and the other surrounding mountains.
Eventually we made it to Paris, the views having become
steadily less exciting along the way.
To celebrate our achievement (and the fact that we had successfully
negotiated the Metro for a bargain Ä2.60 this time), we crossed the road from
Gare du Nord and rewarded ourselves with a meal of steak-frites and a large
glass of Leffe Blonde.