Details: London-Paris-Barcelona train trip

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GETTING THERE

Eurostar

www.raileurope.com

More than a dozen trains a day make the almost 2 1 / 2-hour trip from London’s St. Pancras station to Paris’s Gare du Nord. Standard-class seats on the 7:55 a.m. train start at $88 each way if booked far enough in advance; for late April, they start at $156.

TGV

www.raileurope.com

Two trains a day make the 6 1 / 2-hour trip from Paris’s Gare de Lyon to Barcelona Sants. Standard-class seats on the 2:07 p.m. train start at $87 each way if you book far enough in advance; for late April, they start at $164.

WHERE TO STAY

Great Northern Hotel

King’s Cross St. Pancras Station

Pancras Road, London

www.gnhlondon.com

020-3388-0800

Beautifully renovated, luxurious hotel with an unbeatable location for train travelers. Rooms from $260.

Casa Camper

Carrer d’Elisabets 11, Barcelona

www.casacamper.com

34-933-42-62-80

Whimsical, mod design in the Raval neighborhood. Rooms start at $320.

WHERE TO EAT

Kiosk

Great Northern Hotel

Breakfast sandwiches, piled high with meat and/or vegetables, $5-$7. Say yes to the brown sauce.

Le Train Bleu

Gare de Lyon, Place Louis Armand, Paris

33-1-43-43-09-06

www.le-train-bleu.com

Ornate, gilded room with classic French fare. Main courses start at $37.

Sesamo

Carrer de Sant Antoni Abat 52, Barcelona

34-934-41-64-11

Vegetarian, organic tapas and larger plates. Not my favorite, but gets good reviews from some vegetarians who are relieved not to have to navigate through a pork-studded menu. Main courses from $14.

Tapas 24

Carrer de la Diputació 269, Barcelona

34-934-88-09-77

www.carlesabellan.com

The place where I wish I’d ended, so we went there the next night: a bustling tapas haven just off the Passeig de Gracia owned by Comerc 24’s Carles Abellan. Tapas from about $3.

INFORMATION
Seat 61

www.seat61.com

A wealth of information on European (and other) train travel.

J.Y.

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