I'm planning a jaunt to Avignon in June; I'll probably be basing myself there and bumbling about a bit. I'm intending to take the Eurostar direct from St. Pancras on a Monday morning (prob. 18 June) but the direct return is not till the following Friday and is not due into St. Pancras till 11pm. I'd like to come back on the Thursday (actually, I'd like to not come back, but the kids might miss me ). I'm looking at either getting the TGV to Lille and joining a Eurostar service there, or going up to Calais and getting a ferry. Will I be able to put my bike on at Lille? Also; it seems that I can't book a TGV at present, anyone know when I can start to book (12 weeks or so?). Any recommendations of where to stay, rides etc would be welcome. I know there's a little bump not far away that is there to be explored.