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Day 55 Tuesday 9 November – Paris to London

Our last breakfast in Paris and despite the continued light rain we decide to walk to the station. We check through to the Eurostar departure lounge. First check to ensure we have a ticket, all very helpful and friendly. Then through French Immigration followed by British Immigration and a reduced form of an airport security check of us and our luggage. A very comfortable lounge with what looked like 'Duty Free' stores.

A long walk down the platform, we are in coach 2 which is all the way to the front of the train. Adequate storage for large luggage and very comfortable seats. Right on time we're off and within minutes we were rocketing through the French countryside looking green and drenched. Brought to mind that this is where the trench warfare of WWI took place, I can't come close to appreciating the bone-chilling cold that must have been endured by the diggers.

Smooth as you'd like we slip into the tunnel and before we know it we pop out on the British side. The St Pancras station is very modern but built in the style of the grand stations of Europe very clean and it was good to be able to chat with the staff. Found an ATM and withdrew some £ sterling.

We found a London Black Cab and had an interesting chat with the lady driver. Scared us a bit when she said that in 15 years she'd never taken passengers to the Corner House Hotel on the Hampton Rd. The place turns out to be spotlessly clean and as there was no lift we asked for and were provided a ground floor room. The lady at the front desk was most friendly and made sure we were happy with the arrangement.

A bit cramped but no worse than a ship board cabin, most of the room being taken up by a king sized bed.

Settled in and towards evening walked down the road for a quick meal and enjoyed some TV in English.

Bit short on photos again but hope to make up for that tomorrow.


Posted by greynomadm 09:11 Archived in United Kingdom

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Rubbish again dad? Maybe it's following you?

And Maria, I think Frog cops the blame for enough things around the place - he doesn't need to be blamed for bad weather in France as well (grin).

I'm beginning to wonder how much was Paris' fault and how much of it was culture shock at being in your first country where you didn't have a clue with the language?

Love ya


by DrTard

Sounds yuck Dad. As Oscar the Grouch used to say... Clean up this trash before it messes up me.. You get a lot of trash and just dump it... in the middle of the sea. :-) Still remember that tape. It was the best.

by MelandLes

No mention of the weather but the photos look like you have dry conditions.?? Enjoy London. There's lots to see.

And Frog, I thought it might have been the tears of not being over 'there' with Tony that caused the rain. LOL !
Love to all

by mbessems

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