Last Thursday morning, I walked out the doors of my Paris Sorbonne area hotel to temperatures in the 50’s F. With only one carry-on sized suitcase and a small drawstring backpack, the walk to the Luxembourg RER station was short and pleasant. The Paris Métro is infamous for its lack of elevators and escalators, so walking down the steps to the tracks was relatively easy with my light load. Catching the train at LUXEMBOURG was a good idea because this stop proceeds the busier two stops down the line (St. Michel and Châtelet les Halles). To make the trip even better, a local gentleman advised me to skip the first RER B train and take the next one because it was an “express” which skips all the stops north of Gare Du Nord. So, with my luggage stowed and a seat, I enjoyed a relatively stress-free 35 minute ride to the airport.
PARIS BY TRAIN BLOG
Doing my research, I ran across a blog by Ben Lam called http://parisbytrain.com. Ben does a nice job detailing the RER and Métro systems in and around Paris. From now on, I’ll go here first to seek answers to my Paris transportation questions.