I was planning on staying in Epernay for 3 nights and then going to Bruges, Belgium. However, it seems most of the trains backtrack to Paris and then head out from there. Is there any way I can avoid this backtrack? Or is there somewhere a little closer to Belgium I could stop for a night? I'm just eager not to be spending a great deal of time on the train, especially if there are several stops and changes.
Any thoughts, tips or advice would be greatly appreciated!
Thank you :)