It started with half an hour to spare at London’s St Pancras station. I’d long admired the extravagant gothic architecture of the station hotel and the sweeping glass roof of the restored train shed but it was only when I wandered round with a camera that I noticed some of the details.
Back home in Paris I started paying more attention to the railway stations I passed through or by, from sleepy Gare d’Austerlitz via south-facing Gare de Lyon to bustling Gare du Nord so far, but there are lots more to explore.
London’s Kings Cross station is no longer just a starting point. Thanks to the spectacular architecture of the new hall, the station has become a destination in its own right.
Edinburgh’s Waverley station is a great place to arrive, right in the heart of the city. It’s not so good when you’re trying to leave and can’t find the platform for your train.
Back in Paris, Gare de l’Est is a major local landmark, the focal point of the view along both Rue St Martin and Boulevard Sebastopol. The elegant, twin station halls are filled with shops, the trains are out the back somewhere.
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