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Sheryll -- (Mostly my information but some I had to copy from other sites, so this need to

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"Train des Pignes" picturesque train ride - truly authentic journey
This unique trip to the heart of upper Provence, enjoy the spectacular
One of much awaited day of the trip. A metre gauge train journey to through the mountainous area
of Provence. I woke up really early that morning around 5am to catch first of the “Train des pignes”
that day which runs from Nice to Dignes les Baines. The train does not leave from the main railway
station in Nice but from a much smaller one called the Gare de Nice CP in north Nice. I did an early
morning brisk walk and reached the station well on time. Station slightly hard to find, about 10
minutes' walk north of the mainline. The train makes four trips a day between Nice and Digne and
takes about 3 1/2 hours. the 151km track between Nice and Digne-les-Bains passes through HauteProvence’s scarcely populated backcountry. There are 28 stops after you leave Nice and before
arriving in Digne. I did not plan to do the full journey to Dinges, but to travel until Annot and return
back to Nice. Reasons were to spend quality time in those little village than just to hop off hop in the
train. I certainly believed that is was impossible to do the whole journey and to come out satisfied.
After a slight delay in train departure due a mechnical fault, thanks to the workstation was just at
the end of the platform, it was like going from our house to the garage. Finally the train was ready to
leave, I promptly took the first coach and got huge window seats, and just sat back and enjoyed
picturesque rides which rises up to 1000m at some part of the journey.
The journey begins through the city streets literally street, crossing through main road intersections
to the little urban stop at Gambetta, then passes through a few tunnels to the little La Madeleine
and St Isidore stations before dropping down to the Var valley and the Lingostiere station. At this
point you will really feel excited, for me its more specially. I feel so unbelievably happy when I take
journey where you are along valley, in this case "Var Valley" and other side the busy route 202. It
was a beautiful morning, I coudn't have choose an better day to do this breathtaking journey. I was
well pleased at this stage. The train follow the deep valleys and gorges of the Var river, turning west
at the mouth of the Tinée valley. Stops along the section include the villages of Villars-sur-Var . You
can de-board train to explore the village and more Interestily choose to eat at the old picturesque
station building now serving as the Alp'Azur restaurant and chocolate factory. Then the track pass
through the lovely tiny village of Touet-sur-Var nestled against the side of the mountain, past the
gap of the Gorges du Cians and Puget-Theniers. The next station in the trip was Entrevaux, It was
time for me exit the train to explore this beautiful medieval village. Speechless ! really I was. The
view from the station itself was something I can't even try to explain myself. Absolutely stunning! I
had nearly spend 45 minutes to set my camera to capture the landscape even before I crossed the
famous bridge to this medieval village constantly thinking what will be the view from the top of the
hill. I could only dream about what might hit to later that day when I'm top the hill. After paying the
entry fee and collecting the map for this little village I started to wander through its historic centre
and citadel. It is great place for picnic! I wish had come group of friends to picnic, probably one day.
I decided to have my lunch in one of the family run restaurants. I was joined by a elderly couple from
North Wales in UK. We managed to talk about their journey especially about the food and their fond
of Indian food especially. It so happened to walk together and getting back to Entrevaux station,
where I going to join the train up north to Annot, however the couple were heading back to Nice,
they had enough for the day.

which is worth exploring and finding answer for. well worth it. I think no need to talk a guided trip. They were so relaxed and had all time in world to live the life. the train continues west towards Annot. This stunning landscape of gorges. Of course Entrevaux is must see. Honestly I probably choose the right time and day of the month. I began thinking and reflecting the day so far and what catch my attentions more. I may probably find out one day? I like these thought. Entrevaux. leaving the Var river where it flows down north through a narrow gap in the mountains. If you ever going to me around Nice give a consideration to do this journey. The train also stops seemingly in the middle of nowhere to discharge hikers. -----------------------------------------Here are some of the more interesting villages: (Need to repharse . I could now see the train merging out of the mountain. it's best to avoid Monday as most shops and restaurants are closed. See more about the Train des Pignes. Touet-sur-Var. Annot and St-André-les-Alpes. The scenery is an ever-changing kaleidoscope of forested cliffs. the circuit covers around a dozen medieval villages including Villars-sur-Var. It's was really a far cry from the busy. fertile plains and medieval villages. Start early it gives more opportunity to do few village without worrying about return trains and escape mass tourist. One of the world's most scenic train rides. just hop off in one of the village. Consider doing a picnic if you prefer. It was so quiet and scarcely touristy ( I went later April early May). rushing torrents. rivers and mountain towns is largely covered by the famous Train des Pignes which makes a three-hour run from Nice to Dignes-les-Bains four times daily from Monday to Saturday. rewrite and add information what best about this Valley and these villages) Var Valley The region carved out by the Var river is easily accessible from Nice with or without a car but it's best to see by train. I promise you it will be one of the best trip you would done.Sitting at the train station to catch my train to Annot. Puget-Théniers. this should be in our mind to a reasonable extend. Its high fortress guarding this narrow gap in the mountains. if you read or have guide book that will be enough. I think its worth doing-it-yourself and cheap way to travel. I was so caught how simplest life people lived in the village. travelling for creates questions. flashy life along the French Rivera or for me in back in England. Touet-sur-Var This village seems to be built right into the cliff. But the question was. If possible. Continuing along the deep river valleys through the hills. Again you don't need to be rushed by your tour operator for time. Ok anyways. it only 1 1/2 hour from Nice. From the adorable train station a little road winds up to this 12th-century village where the flat roofs of the houses are used for drying figs. I read in the travel forums these village were flooded with tourist most times. How these villages lived very simple life ? actually how it really possible. some tips. . If you are solo traveller or back packers. The questions was How and How?? Probably finding answer might be difficult.

this village is like a cool drink of water on a hot day. Vauban. this medieval town stretches along the foot of the famous sandstones of Annot in the shade of hundred year-old chestnut trees and has kept its character and authenticity. As a fortified village. Entrevaux is the most evocative in the region with drawbridges and a working olive oil mill. .Puget-Theniers Stretched languidly at the confluence of the Var and Roudoule rivers. Off the beaten track. Veer off into the old town to explore the ancient Jewish ghetto and relax in one of the shady cafes that line the river. Annot Annot is in a privileged location between the Alps and the Mediterranean. Entrevaux This striking village occupies a strategically important spot at the entrance to the Var valley. in the 17th century. It was the scene of a massacre in 1536 and then fortified by the great military architect.

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