Nice trip in good company between Lisbon and Hendaye, although I haven't slept that well, since I was placed in the first coach... Met a woman who lives between Portugal, Mali and France. And then, between Hendaye and Paris met a curious German woman, lonely traveller. She was also on Interrail but only around France. As we went together half of the trip, we could change some ideas about travelling in Europe, and the places I was about to visit in Germany. Like me, she was disappointed with the slowness of TGV. I could add the noise, the rude French people who think they are superior and the differential treatment SNCF gives to Interrailers. This is not the first time I cross France to get to some other country, and the story is always the same: a train retarded, a bombthreat on the station, the absolute need to catch a TGV (because the other connections aren't always that good). And me losing all the following connections and having to end up in some station for the night. I intended to spend the night on Strasbourg, but instead I had to stay in Paris... I love Paris but when I just want to cross the city between stations... I hate it!
It rained all day and I had some difficulty in getting a room, as there were many of them fully booked, and the others were too expensive. I got a map and found that Gare de L'Est was pretty close to Montmartre, one of my favourite places in Paris. I left the luggage in my room and headed to the Sacré Coeur for a late visit. That's always a pleasure to enjoy Paris skyline from that hill, in spite of the 280 steps I had to climb to go there!
Tomorrow I'll be heading towards Strasbourg, and then who knows?