We were unaware that there was a national train strike until we reached Nice but it could explain why our train from Brussels to Nice was terminated at Marseilles. Those of us heading to the south coast were told to get off at Avignon-TGV station and wait for the next TGV, 1.5 hrs later. The station is a beautiful structure and has a decent bookshop (click on piccies below to see in more detail). (The roof was leaking in parts and the wi-fi out of action until January - so it did feel like Britain !). We managed to squeeze into the cafe for a cafe creme and then when the train came it was a double length double decker, allaying any fears of having to stand for 3 hours.