First Chunnel Ride
Posted by Andy Steves in on September 6, 2011.
Today I went on my first Chunnel ride and I gotta say it was smoooooth! to the point where it was almost too easy. I had an 11:13am departure, so I made my way on Paris' great metro system to the Paris Nord Train Station where I filled out a UK entry card and flew through security. I found my seat in Car 5 as the conductor announced the train was ready to leave and just like that I was on an international, subterranean train ride. I've fallen in to the habit of only looking for flights as my main mode of transportation but between London and Paris, I can't imagine an easier connection. The one way ran me e95--not super cheap, but not unreasonable either. I decided to try it out because even if I found a e40 flight, I'd still pay e20 for both getting to and from the airports and it would be a wash. I now understand how Londoners can take a day trip over to Paris and actually see quite a lot as the train flies you into the central stations of both cities. As we came up out of the tunnel, I looked around and it's amazing to realize this is a new country, and I just passed through a 30 mile long tunnel. Thank you engineers!
This afternoon I'm giving a talk at FSU London after which I'll bolt to the Gatwick airport in order to make my flight to Madrid this evening. It's a whirlwind, but I'm loving the connections I'm making with Americans and locals alike on a daily basis. ciao for now
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