Eurostar first timer, pleasantly surprised!

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

arc of triumph with the french flag paris city FranceAlthough 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


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 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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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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Hotel of the Week – Sofitel Paris Arc De Triomphe

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Whether you are looking for French culture, boutique shopping, people-watching with coffee and croissants in a Parisian café or pure relaxation, the Sofitel Arc De Triomphe has much to offer for your stay in Paris!
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Paris in the snow

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

paris_smallEveryone’s heard about the recent Eurostar mishaps, trains breaking down in the tunnel, people not being able to travel home before Christmas and all of the apologetic media statements from Eurostar staff to the general public. It looked like a bit of a disaster on TV (that’s what the news is for after all), was I the only person to think that actually it might not have been that bad to spend a couple more days in Paris?
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Paris’s Metro Line 14

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Eureka!!! I have made a great discovery…Metro Line 14 in Paris. Now, I can tell what you are thinking, “he hasn’t really discovered this, it was already there”. OK, I concede on that point but it IS new to me. I seem to spend half my life in Paris, yet have dismally failed to notice how useful this particular line is.
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Brasserie Bofinger

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

brasserie_smallWithin the heart of the fashionable Bastille area lies Brasserie Bofinger, recognisable by its attractive burgundy exterior and grand revolving doors. We were politely greeted by the waiters and led through the glass-domed dining room to our table. 
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