• France proposes affordable high-speed rail travel

    2013-02-26

    There's something about railway travel that makes a vacation particularly memorable, and soon trips to France may provide some of the best opportunities to experience the appeal of high-speed trains. One of the country's railway companies is slated to offer low-cost tickets for its famous high-speed rail that can bring you from Paris to the suburbs in the blink of an eye, reports Business insider.

    An affordable trip to the coast
    The plan is being proposed by independent company Ouigo, which is a subsidiary of France's national railway system. The idea is to offer trips from Paris to the suburbs along the coast for as little as $13 starting April 2. If the plan is enacted as expected, it could change the way you experience France travel. In years past, while you may have stuck primarily to the areas around Paris, now you can visit some lesser-known tourist destinations with ease.

    Where to go?
    Of the cities that you may find it easier to visit thanks to the new offer from Ouigo, Avignon stands out as one of the best. Located in the southeastern corner of the country, the city features a wide variety of cent
    uries-old cities that will stand out as highlights of your trip. For instance, the Avignon Cathedral dates as far back as the 12th century and is a perfect example of Romanesque architecture. The interior of the building is appealing as well thanks to a stunning collection of artwork.  

    High-speed rails throughout the world
    France is not the only country to recognize the important role high-speed trains play in fostering an environment that is friendly to travelers.
    In fact, elsewhere in Europe you can find some of the fastest trains in the world, including Belgium's HSL-1. According to Business Insider, this train has been in service for more than 15 years and approaches high speeds of around 186 miles per hour. Other European trains include the Italian ETR 500 and the Spanish AVE Talgo-350.

    Is there one coming to America?
    Though many big cities in Europe and Asia have high-speed rails, when it comes to United States travel, tourists are not quite as lucky. President Barack Obama announced potential plans for such a system, but experts estimate it would not be in place until between 2030 and 2050, according to The Inquisitor.

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