Friday, 12 September 2014

Eurostar Trip - London to Paris


My previous blog post on Double City Breaks is based on a Eurostar trip, i took with my twin sister last September.
As a year has now passed, it was great looking through the photographs I had taken of my time in London and Paris.
People think booked tours of America or Asia are considered trips of a lifetime but a Eurostar trip can be the same - but cheaper.
There's nothing more thrilling to a new traveller like myself, to be in one city one day and another the next.
The Eurostar departs from St Pancras station in London so the UK capital is a good place to start.
Me and my twin sister, Gillian had been to London before for our 21st birthday at the end of December 2012.
However, with the winter nights we felt we didn't get to see all of what London had to offer. So i booked us a Superbreak deal from Thomas Cook with Eurostar tickets, bed and breakfast for hotels in both London and Paris for under £500. We choose the first weekend in September with the crisp autumn nights it was still light in the evenings. We spent three nights in London staying at the Norfolk Plaza hotel in Paddington. A great hotel and London area not far from Euston Station where the virgin train we boarded from Glasgow arrived. After we dropped our cases off, we spent our first few hours walking around Paddington and found Kensington Gardens and Kensington Palace to be nearby. As royal fans we went inside Kensington Palace and bought tickets to a Royal Fashion exhibition which showcased some of the dresses worn by Princess Diana and The Queen. Paddington has a tube link so we used that most of the time to get into the hub of things.
After three nights In London we made our way to St Pancras station on the morning of September, 10, 2013. There we got on board the Eurostar which took us into the Gare du Nord station in Paris in less than two hours. The Eurostar is the quickest way to travel from London to Paris.
Once we arrived in the French capital we got the metro to Montmartre were our hotel was. Montmartre is a popular area in Paris as it's where the famous Moulin Rouge is located and the Sacre Coeur church is.
We spent two wonderful days in Paris taking in the main sights from the iconic Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe to the Notre Dam Cathedral. We had visited Paris prior to this trip in 2010 for as part of a P&O ferry trip from Belgium to Paris. This time round we discovered the lock bridge trend which seemed to take over most of the bridges in the city. I don't know how the trend started but from what I had seen people carve the initials of them and their loved one, on a padlock and then throw the key into the River Seine. A fitting sentiment for a city associated with love and romance.