This is at the Gare du Nord; the train pictured
is the high-speed one I took to Brussels. The sign on the
right is an advertisement for a travel company and says,
"Pendant que les Anglais sont chez nous, allons chez
eux" ("While the English are here in our home, let's
go to theirs"). The signs up above are advertising
"Morpion," which I'm guessing is a state-sponsored lottery
version of Tic-Tac-Toe.
I had a bit of a scare with my credit card: a corner of the
metallic band had flaked off and the scanner wouldn't read it
when I tried to buy my train ticket. After a few frantic
phone calls back to Canada, I tried scraping the flaked bit
with my thumbnail, thereby fixing whatever was wrong. I wish
all of life's crises were that easily solved.
Au revoir, Paris. Je vous aime beaucoup et je reviendra
aussitôt que possible.