Leaving Paris this morning we got a taxi to Gare du Nord to catch the Eurostar train to London. To get to the platform we had to go through French and then British passport control and customs. So 2 new stamps in our passports for the price of one trip! Despite the crowds the train - or at least our carriage was not full. No sooner were we underway when lunch was delivered. A choice of roast beef or quiche with an apricot pistachio tart and free drinks.
The train spent most of the trip going through the French countryside. Lots of farming country with small villages dotted along the way. The train was very fast ........ in the video I took you just see things flashing by! The only hint that we were about to go beneath the English Channel was high fences with barbed wire protecting the entrance to the tunnel. So for about 20 minutes there was no view - the tunnel had intermittent lights but was basically dark. We emerged the other side and pull up at ....................................... ASHFORD!!!!!!! My it has changed since I was last there LOL!
Next stop St Pancras Station in London. In a very well organised fashion we walked from the train to a taxi point. Into a cute London cab and off to our accommodation. London is where Craig our travel agent managed to book us into a business complex which is not for tourists. I have to pretend to be working!!!! We arrived early but the concierge gave us our keys and up a lift (praise the Lord ... gotta love lifts) to our apartment. 2 bedrooms - 2 bathrooms, lounge room, kitchen and lots of English language channels! We are close to the Barbican and only a short 5 minute walk from St Paul's Cathedral. The building we are in - or more precisely its predecessor - was burnt in the Great Fire of London in 1666.
After all the time in Europe its odd to hear English spoken, to be able to read all the signs and for the cars to be driving on the right side of the road.