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on the parking at the Carrestel

We are standing on the parking of the Van der Valk hotel waiting for our bus that is due 7:30 am.
We (the passengers) are chatting and renewing old accuaintances. Nobody makes pictures as it is dark, cold and misty.
Everybody has the same thought: "Will we have Alex as our driver?" as he is our regular driver on our autumn trips.

7:25 The bus appears and YES we have Alex.

After storing our luggage, we are on our way. First stop: some Carestel in Belgium, next stop near Calais -we will cross the Channel through the Eurotunnel (a fancy name for the Chunnel) then London.

There are no traffic jams, so we fly past Antwerp and have coffee just after Gent at the Carestel. (Good coffee)
http://autogrill.be/nl/index3.cfm?PageID=2&SubPageID=19


We are early at the terminal, but UK Customs are able to prevent us getting 2 trains early (instead we are just 1 train early)
[I can't find the correct words to describe this customs, so I won't]

Driving into the train is like going on a rollercoaster -but without loopings-  Most of us have done the trip and we expect a smooth trip.

Carestel Gent
In my memory the trip 10 years ago was smoother: we didn't feel ourselves moving then, now we did!! (time for maintenance???)
http://www.eurotunnel.com/ukcp3main

On the other side we continue on a quiet road (I have seen more dense traffic on a former trip) and arrive to the Tate Modern in London at 14:00. This has been a smooth trip.

Tate Modern is a museum in a former power plant. Their collection is modern art. I walk the rooms and view the exhibition and after 2 hours I decide to go to St. Paul's, and cash some money.
http://www.tate.org.uk/modern/

To get there you can cross the Thames via the Millenium Bridge, a pedestrian only bridge. The view from the bridge is nice.

St. Paul is magnificent. I had to little time to see much, as I had to little time, but it is a great church.

Our driver Alex

Not all cash machines want to give me money, but I succeed to get me some Pounds and get back to Tate's and the bus to the hotel.

We are booked in the Ibis Hotel Euston, near the tube station with the same name.
http://www.ibishotel.com/nl/hotel-0921-ibis-london-euston-st-pancras/index.shtml

We eat in the restaurant that is inside the hotel, and are to tired to go for a walk around the hotel.

This concludes a day in the life, a day well spent.

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on the parking at the Carrestel
on the parking at the Carrestel
Carestel Gent
Carestel Gent
Our driver Alex
Our driver Alex
Near Calais
Near Calais
Getting inside the train, feel lik…
Getting inside the train, feel li…
Wait for half an hour and were in…
Wait for half an hour and we're i…
Segmentation-door
Segmentation-door
Very dirty, this side never been c…
Very dirty, this side never been …
Busback
Busback
just from the train
just from the train
The train we were on
The train we were on
Stop near Tate Modern, London
Stop near Tate Modern, London
Bridge over troubled water
Bridge over troubled water
Inside Tates huge turbine hall
Inside Tate's huge turbine hall
Feed the birds, tuppence a bag...?
Feed the birds, tuppence a bag...?
View
View
View
View
Tate Modern - old power plant
Tate Modern - old power plant
St. Paul
St. Paul
Yes, London
Yes, London
Getting dark
Getting dark
Feeling like a ghost
Feeling like a ghost
Mirage?
Mirage?
Millenium wheel, London Eye:)
Millenium wheel, London Eye:)
Inside our compartment
Inside our compartment
Top down approach
Top down approach
at the back of things
at the back of things
The Gurkin. Inspired by Cambodian …
The Gurkin. Inspired by Cambodian…
Londons bridge is falling down, bu…
Londons bridge is falling down, b…
St. Paul, pan view
St. Paul, pan view
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