High speed trains can be a luxurious way to travel provided you are lucky enough to travel first class or in a half-full car. Or perhaps in the bar car. A fully-booked, stuffy second-class car with an aromatic seat mate who listens to his music at full volume (yes, with headphones) - yet sleeps so hard he snores - can somewhat dampen the experience. And I’m facing backwards. And the bar car is six back.
After a year in France, some members of the family are still adjusting to the locale cuisine. (Of course, he completely cleaned his plate shortly after issuing his protestations.)