To Mark and all Ziners,
I have purchased French train tickets from the USA on the sncf
website. I have paid for them online - you get a confirmation email
with a code - when you get to Paris (or wherever in France) you go
to the station with the same credit card you used and confirmation
email and the clerk will print out your ticket. I have done this
twice with no problem and it was much cheaper than Raileurope. I
have recently read that there are now some sale tickets called PREM
that you can print out on your own computer. However I personally
have not done this as of yet.
Mara in Brooklyn
PS - FYI, Air France and some other airlines are having a very good
sale now - from NYC to Paris roundtrip $216 before taxes.