Paris to Bordeaux in 3 hours by TGV. Getting on and off the trains was probably hardest part of travelling with three children, one of them a baby. Getting all our bags, children and pushchair onto the train and safely stowed in the small amount of time the busy train schedules allow was always a little stressful to say the least. Once you're all on board though, the journey is a breeze. Ipods help.
The Bordeaux train station is possible not in the best part of town. Dodgy looking youths, obvious working girls and damn near impossible to find rental car offices. So once we found the rental car company, picked up our Peurgot, programmed the satnav to speak English and negotiated several wrong turns, we high tailed it out of there and on to the A10. Which was scary as hell for us provincials used to driving on the wrong side of the road.
Worth the drive? For 10 days this was our backyard in a tiny hamlet in Charentes in south west France.
Not a bad place to hang your washing!