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An interesting excursion from Nice is to catch the narrow guage railway train that runs the Route Napoleon from Nice to Digne. The starting station is a few streets north of the Gare SNCF. The full journey to Digne is over three hours each way, threading through magnificent gorges cut by the river Var, ultimately through the lavander fields high up in true Provence.
In high summer the diesel train swaps over to a real steam train for the second half of the journey to Digne itself. The name Train des Pignes means Train of the Pinecones.
Many visitors settle for half the trip, to the medieval village of Entrevaux, where an hour and a half stopover allows time to wander this fascinating historical little place, not unlike St Paul de Vence but without the tourists.
Catch the 9.00 train out of Nice and the around 12.00 train running back.- cost around 12 Euro. But leave plenty of time to buy your ticket - everyone in the queue will be quizzing the exasperated desk clerk in English about "can we do this" and "can we do that" and "do you take American Express"?
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