Even when I'm on vacation, I "only" need a 4h40 mn comfortable direct train-ride to be back in Paris. I love to travel by train because it gives me time to read a lot and/or watch old black-and-white movies on my laptop! Plus it gives me the opportunity to check on my pond at home which needs a lot of maintenance. So if you want to hire me for a couple days in Paris in July, there's a possibility I'll take the job!