France

Saint-Paul Paris

March 2nd, 2012
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Brimming with old world Parisian charm, the Saint-Paul is one of Railbookers’ most loved properties. Guests are greeted with a warm smile, a friendly welcome and occasionally an affectionate meow from the resident cat, Sputnik. As I entered my room I was met with high ceilings criss-crossed with beautiful oak beams, “Haute-Époque” furniture and cosy décor.
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As French as it gets…

January 27th, 2012
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There are many parts of the world which are synonymous with certain foods or drinks: Cornwall and its pasties, Singapore and its slings, perhaps even Nice with its biscuits, but the one place that takes the proverbial biscuit in my eyes is the historic French region of Burgundy.
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Avignon and the Hotel de l’Horloge

January 25th, 2012
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Our trip to the walled medieval city of Avignon and the French Riviera started early, with an (on time) 08:02 departure from St Pancras. My travelling companion Sam and I were through security in a fraction of the time you would expect at any one of London’s heaving airports!
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Nice to Rome by Rail

January 23rd, 2012
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I have visited Nice before, always in the summer months when the city is full of tourists, the days are extremely hot and the beaches crammed. So this time it was a nice change of pace to experience the city in the low season.
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Lille; there’s more than meets the eye

December 20th, 2011
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Earlier on this year I went to spend some time in Lille with the primary objective of familiarising myself with the accommodation that Railbookers has to offer. What this entailed essentially was dashing from hotel to hotel on a whistle stop tour of the city, without having a chance to soak up the history, culture and architecture that Lille is so heavily steeped in. So I was most appreciative when I was asked to attend a cultural familiarity day.
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How to make the journey part of the holiday

December 19th, 2011
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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

October 4th, 2011
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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

October 4th, 2011
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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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How can you streamline your trip to Paris?

September 15th, 2011
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With a transfer to your hotel! 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

August 16th, 2011
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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.
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A Taste of Lille

August 16th, 2011
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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 exceptional Lille, we decided it was time to put this tranquil city’s nightlife to the test. Fair to say, it did not disappoint.
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A Day in Provence

August 15th, 2011
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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

August 12th, 2011
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Just a few short weeks ago myself and a colleague were lucky 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 pay a visit to our French neighbours.
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Eurostar first timer, pleasantly surprised!

March 2nd, 2011
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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 o’clock train from London to Paris. I’m normally more of 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

October 8th, 2010
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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.
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