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by jamesgilbert
7 Sep 2016, 11:21am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Buying French train tickets online
Replies: 10
Views: 546

Re: Buying French train tickets online

Yes, nothing's changed yet other than the website address and the colour scheme. However, the last paragraph of their latest blog post says: "In time, our website and apps will merge with the services of Trainline, to offer a single and comprehensive booking platform for all trains in Europe.&q...
by jamesgilbert
28 Aug 2016, 2:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Buying French train tickets online
Replies: 10
Views: 546

Re: Buying French train tickets online

@andymiller Yep, the SNCF travel agency website does now let you book bike spaces, but it wasn't the case when Captain Train first launched. @Mick F Sounds very good value to me, and the advantage of booking it all through Eurostar rather than separate tickets is that you should be okay if, for exam...
by jamesgilbert
28 Aug 2016, 12:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Buying French train tickets online
Replies: 10
Views: 546

Buying French train tickets online

In the past I, and others on the forum, have often recommended Captain Train as a very straightforward way of buying train tickets in France, including booking bike spaces (which was not possible on the 'official' SNCF website). As a result of their success, Captain Train has recently been bought by...
by jamesgilbert
3 Feb 2016, 9:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: WESTERN ISLES
Replies: 28
Views: 1548

Re: WESTERN ISLES

For some excellent (and cheap) accommodation, check out the Gatliff Trust hostels: http://www.gatliff.org.uk/

You can't book, but there's usually room!
by jamesgilbert
15 Jan 2016, 1:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Russia
Replies: 17
Views: 1156

Re: Russia

I don't want to lecture anyone, but I avoid visiting nations with foreign policies I have trouble with. Russia's very popular president, with the heartfelt backing of his people, has been stoking up a civil war in the Ukraine for the last few years and that would keep me from taking my holiday mone...
by jamesgilbert
12 Jan 2016, 8:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Eurostar South of France Trains Bike Policy
Replies: 17
Views: 1540

Re: Eurostar South of France Trains Bike Policy

There are some direct TGVs between Paris and Grenoble that accept undismantled bikes (for a 10 euro fee of course), but not all of them do - the double-decker TGVs don't have room for wheel-on bikes. It is now very easy to find out which routes accept bikes and even book the tickets online, just use...
by jamesgilbert
12 Jan 2016, 8:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: When to avoid peak times in France?
Replies: 16
Views: 1093

Re: When to avoid peak times in France?

Just to confirm the above, the 'traditional' dates for going on holiday in France are between the two bank holidays on 14th July and 15th August. That doesn't apply so much to all the foreign tourists of course, but I would expect most places to get less busy in the second half of August.
by jamesgilbert
31 Dec 2015, 12:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Amsterdam sightseeing by bike
Replies: 9
Views: 519

Re: Amsterdam sightseeing by bike

Amsterdam is better designed for bikes than for pedestrians, I'd definitely recommend it. At rush hour there can be a lot of bikes around - make sure you look like tourists (an easy way is to wear a helmet!) and the locals will give you a wider berth.
by jamesgilbert
12 Nov 2015, 10:08am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: How do you keep your bikes safe overnight
Replies: 37
Views: 3144

Re: How do you keep your bikes safe overnight

whoof wrote:Vous avez un garage ou à la cave pour mon vélo, s'il vous plait?


would be even more appreciated by the locals :wink:
by jamesgilbert
12 Nov 2015, 7:55am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: How do you keep your bikes safe overnight
Replies: 37
Views: 3144

Re: How do you keep your bikes safe overnight

As others have said, hotels will usually be able to find somewhere to store bikes. In rural France I wouldn't be too worried about leaving bikes locked up outside, if it's a B&B in a small village for example. My best experience was in Bratislava where for a birthday treat we stayed in a 5* hote...
by jamesgilbert
27 Oct 2015, 6:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Relief maps for France
Replies: 5
Views: 813

Re: Relief maps for France

Also, if you plot a route on cycle.travel or use the cycle option on Google Maps, you get a rough profile and total height gained/lost for any given route.

PS. The Morvan is a fantastic place but I would describe it as moderately hilly!
by jamesgilbert
14 Oct 2015, 11:32am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New Eurostar Bike Policy
Replies: 57
Views: 3925

Re: New Eurostar Bike Policy

A nice and confusing article on the BBC website: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-34518236

Cycling charity CTC made the accusation after the cross-Channel service said it would be storing bikes from 1 November in what is known as a "bike box"
by jamesgilbert
13 Oct 2015, 6:29pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New Eurostar Bike Policy
Replies: 57
Views: 3925

Re: New Eurostar Bike Policy

A classic case of Eurostar going backwards while most government agencies, companies etc are at least trying to go forwards when it comes to provision for bicycles. That's Eurostar, now owned by government agencies of France, Quebec and Belgium, plus the manager's of BT's pension fun. Why would for...
by jamesgilbert
29 Sep 2015, 12:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: France - which bit?
Replies: 11
Views: 965

Re: France - which bit?

For rural idyll, you're going to struggle to beat Shropshire IMO, but that's not to say there aren't places worth looking at. Maybe Burgundy, which has the advantage of wine and beautiful countryside, although there are some hills. I know a retired couple in Châtillon-sur-Seine (northern Burgundy) w...
by jamesgilbert
27 Sep 2015, 11:11am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: French trains
Replies: 2
Views: 467

Re: French trains

Might possibly be true if you're booking through an agency in another country, otherwise I've never heard of this. A solution would be to just use http://www.capitainetrain.com - the fares are identical to the official SNCF website but it's in English (and bike spaces can be booked easily, when book...