London to Paris by high speed train
Trip Start Apr 22, 2012
10Trip End May 04, 2012
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We go through French border control before boarding the train. Next stop Paris. The train journey is on the high speed train and we go through the "Chunnel", which was rather a non event and then sit back and watch the French countryside go by for the next 2 hours.
As we get closer to Paris, the weather looks grim. The sky is grey and it soon begins to rain. Our train arrives into Gare de Nord at 12.15pm, we hop off and make our way out of the station to the longest taxi queue ever
The taxi ride is a short one but I don't understand how much it is, as it's never what the meter says due to "luggage" which usually is 5 euro extra. He tries to draw the figure,I still have no clue, but think its 11, so give him 15 and be done with it.
The hotel is right next to the Louvre but our room isn't ready yet. We sit in a lounge bar area and wait. We think of showers and bed as we are so tired but pass some time with drinks and a club sandwich, oh and French fries of course ( except they end up being ordinary luke warm chips).
About 2 hours later our room is finally ready. It's nice and large by European standards. We shower and I crawl into bed, only to be told we have to keep going otherwise we will be awake all night grrrrr.
So we walk towards the opera house, which is beautiful, and on the way pass lots of shops
Drew's shin starts hurting from the rod in it from his accident a few years ago , so we decide to go back to the hotel for a quick rest. I lay on the bed and fall fast asleep, it's now 1 am and I am wide awake. I hate jet lag and international time adjustments.
Now I have a story to tell you about our little gift. One of the Qantas flight attendants and i got chatting about blogs, as she lives in London and would love to do one, so I encouraged her to start. At the end of the flight she gave me a bottle of 1999 Tattinger Comtes de Champagne to take to Paris with us. These bottles retail for over $300 in Australia, and it's what we were drinking on the flight. So I graciously accepted it and managed to find room to pack it, although it was heavy.
I kept thinking about this bottles journey, as it was originally made in Reims France, then travelled to Melbourne Australia, boarded our flight to Singapore, then to London only for us to take it back to France to be consumed in Paris. I love it. It's currently chilling in the fridge to be enjoyed tonight. Also as we were sitting waiting for our room, the bar has a framed bottle on the wall and the menu has the bottles for 220 euro.
Please note, due to traveling with my iPad, I discovered that Teavelpod website requires flash so I am having to load this via their App, which is doing very strange things, like changing photo order, doubling images up and putting them with the incorrect sub titles. I also do not have control over notifications in my contact list, so I have no idea if you are getting them but also think you may get them when I save an edit, so please accept my apologies if you are bombarded with them.
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