FAST FRANCE TRAINS TAKE YOU TO THE COUNTRYSIDE
Cafe service, movies, dinners — many things French are slow and savory by design. But when it comes to train travel, the French snap to it. The just-opened superfast train line TGV Mediterranee (aka TGV Med) now whisks urban escapees from Paris to Marseille in three hours, cutting 90 minutes from the capital-to-shore trip. About $110 for first class. www.raileurope.com