There’s always something interesting to see from the TGV on the way from Paris to Provence. In the Spring, many fields are filled with these flowers, used to make cooking oil. I love the TGV. It is much less of a hassle than flying-no long lines, no security hassles. The only hard part is lugging your suitcases up the stairs.
PS-we are in Montreal right now, a short distance across the border into Canada from New York State.