Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The Bullet from London to Paris

On our second day in London, we took the Eurostar from St. Pancras International in London to Gare Du Nord (North Gate) station in Paris.

For those of you who plan to take the Eurostar, please make sure to book the tickets early, like way, way early. If you do that, then the tickets may cost you as low as £55 for a ROUND trip.

Being too clever, we did just the opposite. Seeing that there were lots of cheap tickets online earlier, we procastinated until it was too late, & we panicked. In the end, we got ours for £79 for a ONE-WAY trip for ONE person. That's one sure way of blowing off some hard-earned money!

So what was supposed to be an affordable trip turned out to be an expensive one.

Two expensive Eurostar staff manning the expensive Eurostar train.

Anyway, the trip was as smooth as riding on an expensive bullet. Passengers are allowed to bring food into the train although there's a food bar in one of the cars. If we were in Kuching or Sibu, Nee would have packed some kong pia.

It took about 2.5 hours to reach the other side of the English Channel. We passed some English suburbs before dipping underground (under the sea) & then rising back up to French vineyards & farms on the other side of the Channel.

This is the Gare Du Nord station in Paris - we have finally arrived in French territory.

Armed with just a few phrases like Bon Jour, Bon Soir, Bonne Nuit, Merci, Pardon & S'il Vous Plait (& I could only count to six), we were sort of ready to experience the infamous 'hospitality' of the French that we've heard so much about.

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