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freepianoFranceEntertain or be entertained at many a train station in France. The SNCF has installed basic pianos across France. In Paris you’ll find them at Saint-Lazare, Montparnasse, Austerlitz, Gare de Lyon, Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est near the suburban (Transilien) train platforms on the upper levels. Adjoining the piano is a sign “À vous de jouer” meaning: it’s your turn to play. Usually the pianists are engrossed in their music but should they shoot you a smile, you could perhaps place a request. Pianists: this is a chance to show off what you’ve learned from all those boring lessons at home. No one will judge you. The sound of music brings smiles to passerbys…..guaranteed.

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