Paris: One hour of madness

Trip Start Mar 19, 2008
Trip End Jul 01, 2008

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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Thursday, June 5, 2008

This is a really stupid entry, but I'm doing it any way. I only stayed here for two hours as a train lay over.

Dear god this station was confusing. After buying my ticket to
the next station, I went through four gates and followed a convoluted network of
signs to my train. After arriving in this next station, I realized I still had an
hour to kill. I walked around a few blocks, bought bread and apples for my next
meals, and then played the waiting game. This train station is not organized what
so ever. There are three different ticket windows; one to buy tickets, one to give
schedules, and one mystery one-I couldn't figure out exactly what they did, but
I was able to neither purchase a ticket nor get times here. None of these offices
could share duties, of course. Also, there were 27 screens showing the same incomplete
train schedule at every platform, and only one screen showing a complete schedule.
I don't understand...After finally figuring out my train schedule, I was able to board.
At the last minute, I really mean about 30 minutes ago, I made a fairly substantial
change ot my itinerary; I was going to exit at Bayeux, instead of Carentan and walk
to the Arromanches; tonight.
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