Through the tunnel!
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Had to be up really early on a Saturday (well 7:00am!) to catch the Eurostar from St. Pancras that would take us to Paris. I'm super excited as despite having lived in the US and completed a round the world trip, I've never been to Paris and its defo on my t-do list! Accompanying me on this short trip is my boyfriend Janaka who has been to Paris several times before as one of his brothers lives there, so I expect him to be an excellent tour guide!
Waiting for the train at St Pancras I started to get really nervous - I don't travel well especially on airplanes and high speed trains,and I was imagining hurtling through the tunnel for hours at dizzying speed. I was quite surprised by how shabby the interior of the train was too- they always look really plush on TV (well I suppose they were plush 15 years ago!).
The first thing that struck me as we stepped out into Gar de Nor was how cold it was. Really really bitterly rip-your-skin-off kind of cold. On Janaka's advice I hadn't packed my really big winter coat and was regretting that decision already. We managed to negotiate our way past hundreds of beggars, through the metro and to our hotel in St.
Ater lunch we walked to Notre Dame and had a look inside - it was so cold we had to stop to buy additional gloves and scarves! Inside was beautiful and a choir was singing which made it quite magical.
Next we headed to Orian's place across town. He lives with a Polish girl and a British guy who are all students. The apartment was nice but very small - thats the price you pay for living in the centre of a city I suppose.
Being a student Orian new the 'cheap' places to drink (that's if you can call 6 Euros a drink cheap!), so we went to a place with specials on cocktails. Next was a stop at a creparie for crepe with chocolate sauce, banana, rum & raison ice cream and a shot of rum - delicious! The tables were so packed in that the waiter pulled ours out from underneath us to allow a couple next to us to sit down. This was fine except he gave us no warning leaving me with knife and fork midair over my lap!
It was getting late by this point so we went to a bar/club type place.
The walk home was shockingly cold -we stopped in a convience store so Orian could buy more alcohol - being a student his night was just beginning as ours came to an end!