I decided to go back to Longueville to see the steam locomotive used on the Santa specials. Gare de l'Est was not very busy and I had a little time to see people enjoying the pianos the SNCF has installed in its main stations.
|This little girl was practicing her scales under her father's supervision|
|Heaters have been placed in the area where people wait until their train is announced.|
The weather was completely different from yesterday with a clear blue sky all day and just a few Simpson clouds in the afternoon.
At the Longueville roundhouse a few parents and children had gathered in a two stall area that had been cleared but the access was uneven over half buried rails, puddles and slicks of oil and grease.
|In the roundhouse was this upright boilered 0-4-0 tank engine|
|This engine was used on the Santa Special. It is here running round its train.|
I was able to get some pictures of the suburban tank engine running around its train and decided I didn't need to follow it to Provins and back.
The ride back to Paris Est was in bright sun and the #30 bus was pleasantly full.
We had thought about going to Le Train Bleu this evening then took a look at the prices and decided to look around here. We ate at Le Bistro D'Id, the closest to the apartment and had two two-course meals and wine for the price of a formule at Le Train Bleu. A very satisfying meal soup/terrine and chicken. We tried a red Sancerre for the first time. It turnrd out to be a good light red.