France

North to south or south to north, make the journey part of the holiday!

Monday, December 19th, 2011

It’s always tricky planning a trip when you live that little bit further away from the main international connections as it makes the journey seem so much longer. So we thought, why not break up the journey and stop off en route? Good plan!! Whether north of England to the south of France or vice versa a stopover makes sense and makes the journey part of the adventure!
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Exploring the Savoie Mont Blanc region

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

There are few industries where there are more perks than the travel industry. Trips abroad are fairly regular occurrences, but rarely do you get told that in five days time you will be off exploring Mont Blanc.
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The 8.02 to Paris

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

I began my trip to Paris with a pleasant journey on the Eurostar train. At 08.02 am, this service is characterised by a lot of business travellers, and the plethora of suits surrounding you in the carriage gives an air of importance and purpose! It’s a good idea to get a coffee and pastry in the stylish restaurant car, have these at the bar, and watch the scenery fly past.
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Streamline your trip to Paris with a transfer to your hotel

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

With a day spent on the Golden Pass from Montreux to Zweisimmen and back again, any train route was going to have a tough job comparing. And while the journey from Lausanne to Paris isn’t filled with the same quaint Alpine villages and rolling scenery, there is plenty of beautiful lush green countryside to watch as you pass through Switzerland and France.
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A Weekend in Paris

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

I recently had the opportunity to spend a weekend in Paris visiting and experiencing a selection of the tourist attractions and tours that the city has to offer. We boarded the 12:28 Eurostar from London St Pancras and arrived at Paris Gare du Nord just over two hours later, after a comfortable and stress-free journey in Standard Premier Class. After checking into the Sofitel La Defense, a modern and sophisticated 5 star hotel in the heart of La Defense business centre, we made our way by Metro back into the city centre, for the first of our pre-arranged tours.
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A Taste of Lille

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

A quiet weekend away to Lille to tide my best friend and I over until our next big holiday turned out to be just what the doctor ordered. After a day of enjoying the shopping and beautiful architecture of unique Lille, we decided it was time to put this quiet city’s night life to the test. Fair to say, it did not disappoint.
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A Day in Provence

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Peter Mayle may have sealed his reputation and fortune following the success of writing “A Year in Provence”. I suspect the same won’t happen to me (and I sadly won’t be making a TV version with John Thaw for several reasons). However, thanks to the wonders of high speed rail, I was able to experience the city of Aix en Provence over one weekend away.
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Paris and Lille – a Tale of Two Cities

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Just a few short weeks ago myself and a colleague were luckily enough to make our way onto the Eurostar, under the English channel and through that great feat of concrete engineering that allows us so simply to visit our French neighbours.
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Barcelona to Paris by Train

Monday, March 21st, 2011

The day started with a walk through the streets of Barcelona to Sants Station, not the most attractive of stations externally – think Birmingham New Street – but inside the station is user friendly and light and airy.
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Eurostar first timer, pleasantly surprised!

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Although this isn’t my first trip across the channel, it is the first time I’m taking the Eurostar. Work let me out a little early and I took the 17:32 from London to Paris. I’m normally a flyer so the shorter check in times and central location of St Pancras station were a pleasant surprise, and also to arrive in the heart of the city you want to be in rather than in the sticks was great.
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A Brief Tour of Paris

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Louvre

On 24th August my colleague Carly & I took the Eurostar standard class from London St Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord. We stayed at the Mercure Terminus Nord hotel which couldn’t have been easier to find because it is directly opposite the Eurostar terminal. While looking over a train station may not seem like the ideal view, Gare du Nord is a large and impressive building, the exterior of which has only recently been cleaned from top to bottom.

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A Journey Through Europe’s Most Beautiful Regions (Part 2)

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Nice

Milan to Nice

Knowing that the train trip today would be the longest of our trip, we headed to the station a bit early in order to stock up on sandwiches, drinks, magazines and newspapers. We departed Milan shortly after breakfast and soon realised how lucky we were to have a seat reservation as the train was completely full. We anyway headed south west, through the Italian countryside towards the mountains and onwards to the Mediterranean. The views as we travelled along the sea coast were beautiful and we very much enjoyed our day on the train, enjoying our sandwiches and conversation as we headed to Nice.

Upon arrival in Nice, we headed to our hotel. I must admit, Nice was probably our least favourite destination in the trip. We decided to have a relatively quiet night and save our energy for a day trip the next day.
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A Journey Through Europe’s Most Beautiful Regions (part 1)

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Eiffel Tower Paris

London to Paris

Travelling on the Eurostar for me seemed like a normal thing to do. With business in Brussels, I had long become accustomed to the ease of avoiding air or ferry travel to the Continent. When boarding the Eurostar almost a fortnight ago, I therefore did not expect anything different. How wrong I was. Arriving early on a Saturday morning for our train to Paris, everything seemed to be slightly different than the normal rush to which I am accustomed. Perhaps it was the lack of business travellers, the ability to peruse through magazines and newspapers I would never normally read, the happiness of not wearing a suit or the time I was able to set aside to grab a bite to eat. All I knew was that we were going on holiday and the magic of travelling by train had returned.
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Jazz in Juan Les Pins – French Riveria festival

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

It may have been the hottest day of Summer (July 21st) in Antibes, South of France, but the coolest place to be was the Jazz Festival in Juan-les-Pins! Jazz a Juan, the most elegant European Jazz festival ever was celebrating it’s 50th Anniversary
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Hotel of the Week – Terrass Hotel Paris

Friday, August 6th, 2010

When you are walking up the (gently inclined) hill from Place de Clichy, the Terrass Hotel is pretty hard to miss. Its Haussmann façade rises majestically above the Cimitière de Montmartre with illuminated signs wrapped
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