Train travel Bretagne-Paris-Bretagne!!

So continuing my saga of black and white posts revising and updating old posts with the pictures in their individual sight posts of my travels. Hope you are enjoying this journalistic approach ::)

One subject done was train travel. Yes you have read love the road warrior way, best . However, working in France one needs to take the public transposts so I have plenty SNCF Frequent traveler lol!

This trip in particular was different as was taken my father to visit his sister in Miami FL USA. And as he is always in the car as well (runs in the family!) never had taken the trains here (only the metro) so this was his taste of it, finally!

Needless to write that all folks visiting here love to take them. I guess for the souvenir, the locals have no choice due to the high cost of going by car and parking in the Paris region, and I have tried them all. Still for me the car is king/queen. I once again tried the trains if only to give a taste of them to my father to Roissy CDG from our home in Brec’h, Morbihan, Brittany.

Well, as can best do it on a weekend due to my job,  the trains were far and fewer than on weekdays, so the best connection was to start from Auray train station at 14h33 on a TER Bretagne train service to Rennes, passing by Vannes, Questermbert, and Redon. At Rennes we change train to a TGV direction Marseille lol!!! but stop at MassyPalaiseau while passing, Laval, and Le Mans, then at Massey TGV station took another TGV train direction Brussels!!! passing by Marne-la-Vallée Chessy (Disneyland) and finally stopping at Roissy CDG T2 SNCF station. Arrival time 21h15 !!!! with a 25 minutes delay at Massy. Ufff do not know how people like these trips!!

We stayed at the IBIS CDG at Roissypole on T3, which I have been before on business layovers,  and was very nice location hotel, easy in and out for our departure the next day. The hotel was expensive thus at 112€ but normal for CDG airport properties. All for a tyny room hardly space to shower , this has to be the smallest room I have stayed in ever in France. The food was overprice at the Sud et Cie restaurant but good service and good food of burger ibis and bucher cut of beef with grimbergen beers, and coffee for 97€ for two! . The hotel is airy,new, modern, very loaded with amenities and very central to the terminals and the CDGVAL airport inter terminal train service. So on a must stayed , its ok otherwise avoid it! The hotel webpage: https://all.accor.com/hotel/1404/index.fr.shtml

The system CDGVAL is nice, fast ,clean, and convenient way to go between terminals at Roissy CDG and by now all use it a lot.  It goes in 8 minutes from one terminal to the other and its true! Just glad I was there with Dad otherwise he might end up in Saint Denis lol!! just kidding!! CDGVAL webpage: https://www.parisaeroport.fr/en/passengers/access/paris-charles-de-gaulle/public-transport/cdgval

We were supposed to fly Delta or rather my father was, on terminal 2E, this was change when we got there to terminal 2F, so no big deal across the street…. The gate for him to leave was L34, but by the time he went in thru security it has been change to L53. It must be Delta but….Thanks God folks inside help my father to the gate or he would have end up in moscow!!! Poor fellow was lost in an airport.

Finally I came back to the TGV station to get my return trip home. From Roissy CDG SNCF train station took a TGV train to Rennes, passing Marne-la-Vallée Chessy (Disneyland) then Le Mans to finally reach Rennes with 1h30 time to spare before taking my next TGV train to Auray. Left at 12h48 and arrive at gare d’Auray at 18h33. Long days, the car is better I tell you. And I told you SO!!!

Ahh yes, but there was the pickup as my father arrived on Delta from MIA as usually do by 11h after spending two weeks with his sister. I , therefore, went to pick him up but this time by car!!! I drove from Brec’h, Morbihan, Bretagne to Roissy CDG terminal 2E. I did got up really early but had the day off for this . The ride was smooth as road warrior does it on no tolls road (no extra tax from me) on the N12 passing closer by Dreux , Houdan, to connect with the A12 which connects with the A13 autoroute de Normandie for free here. I got off exit 6 to take on the N186 direction Port de Marly, Saint Germain en Laye to take a quick ride on the N13 before heading on the N184 thru the forest of Saint Germain to the expressway A15 passing simply underneath it and continue on the N184 or here call La Francilienne , this road becomes the A104 same just follow by now direction Charles de Gaulle aéroport and once in it just follow terminal 2 to the parking PX that connects with the CDGVAL! Much easier!!

And I brough him back the same way home safe and sound! The scary anecdote is that upon picking him up I saw him with a big carton box and I thought wow tons of goodies! Then he drops in the middle of the luggage carrousels and was trying to get his attention not to leave this box alone! No avail so using my best negotiating skills convince the gendarme police to let me in to get my father out and he did. Once in, he told me the box was given to him by someone else!!! omg glad he drop the box!! Then, ask him where was his luggage because he was moving around and not finding it. I look up his ticket and said carrousel 45 while he was looking at 42!! When I got to 45 the only luggage left was his lol!! Gladly this was his last trip alone!!!

There you go a train ride with a family twist and happily ended at last. By the way this is also the only time we have gone by train on a personal trip. Hope you enjoy the story. Maybe share yours…

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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