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Is train travel in France as difficult as it seems? There are so many stations. I'm thinking of purchasing a "Single country France rail pass" - read about it on Rick Steve's.
Here are the train trips I plan to take (not in this order - also may not take all these trips - I'm still in the planning stages)
1 Paris to Versailles
2. Paris to Loire Valley
3. Paris to Bruges. I read that even though I have a train pass, I would still have to pay an additional 40 to 50 euros, however I could take a longer route and make a stop in Lollie so that I can take the TGV and pay only 11 euros.
4. Paris to Lyon
5. Lyon to Avignon
6. Train travel in the French Riviera from Nice as our base.
7. Paris to Annecy
7. Paris to Strasbourg

I see how a pass can save me money, but where I'm confused is where do I go and purchase tickets. Is it here: http://en.voyages-sncf.com/en/ or raileurope.com

When purchasing tickets, what do I choose to indicate that I have purchased a pass? I understand that I will still have to pay about 11 euros per ticket. Do I choose an option under "season ticket" or "loyalty program"? The directions on Rick Steve's does not mention this...

"Advance-purchase discounts: Buying tickets in advance can get you 50 percent off the full fare. International TGV, Thalys, and overnight trains also offer big advance ticket savings. The best deals have limited seat availability, sell out early, are not refundable or changeable, and aren't sold by US-based retailers. Here's a quick how-to:
1. Visit the SNCF's site once you feel comfortable committing to a travel date (tickets are on sale starting about three months out).
2. If asked to "choose a country" from a drop-down menu, select "France," then, when presented with choice of flags, choose "Other Countries (EUR)," which gets you the English version of the site.
3. After you've entered the arrival/destination cities and dates for your trip, use the drop-down menu to select "France" (yes, France) as your "Ticket collection country."
Select the cheapest, non-refundable category of ticket for your journey, such as "Prem's."
4. Choose the eticket delivery option (which you will print at home), and pay using a PayPal account.
5. After the non-refundable rates are sold out, you can buy other fare types on the French site only if you have set up the "Verified by Visa" or "MasterCard SecureCode" program for your US credit card."

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