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FIGUERES – PARIS: 5 hours 30 minutes


BSide Books
FIGUERES – PARIS: 5 hores 30 minuts
Pau Faus

136 pages
14 x 23.5 cm
ISBN: 978-85-615-3788-4

A year ago (the third Sunday of December of 2010 at 10:55 a.m.) the first high-speed train between Spain and France departed from Vilafant railway station (Figueres, Spain) towards Gare de Lyon railway station (Paris, France). The 900 km distance between Figueres and Paris was made in 5 hours and 30 minutes. That same day, and from those same railway stations, two people started a simultaneous walking action. At the exact moment when the inaugural train departed, Pau Faus walked out from the Gare de Lyon (Paris) and started walking towards Figueres. At the same time, the photographer Pere Grimau walked out from Vilafant railway station (Figueres) and started walking towards Paris. Every 5 minutes both repeated simultaneously the same action: they stopped, they made a frontal picture of the place they were at, and they continued walking on their direction. The new temporal distance between Figueres and Paris framed the beginning and the ending of this double journey. 5 hours and 30 minutes later, when the train reached its destination, both walkers took their last picture and ended the journey wherever they were. During that time, each of them walked approximately what a high speed train travels in 5 minutes.

A year later (Sunday 18th of December 2011 at 10:55 a.m. at Figueres-Vilafant railway station) we present the result of that story. The book departs that day from Figueres and “arrives” 5 hours and 30 minutes later to Paris’ Gare de Lyon.