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April 27th, 2008 – by: elsie09
We arrived in London around 11:00am, enjoying our view of some of London's major landmarks during the descent, and immediately made our way to the tube station. We headed straight to the St. Pancras Eurostar station and spent several hours trying to stay awake while we waited for our train to Paris (we had booked our tickets for later in the day in case the plane was delayed). The ride was uneventful, I fell asleep for a little bit and missed the part where the train actually goes through the chunnel, and we arrived in Paris right on time around 6:00pm. Thankfully, the hostel we were staying at, Le Village, was close to the station so a quick walk later, without too many wrong turns, we were checked in and able to relax a little bit. We had heard all of the tips for minimizing jet lag so we knew that we should stay awake as late as possible and staying in the hostel room was not going to let us do that (the beds were way too inviting at that point), so we headed around the corner to the base of Sacre-Coeur (the hostel's awesome location makes up for some of its downfalls). We had spent about two minutes gazing awe-struck at the Basilica before one of the many 'gypsies' in the area made their way up to us, trying to braid a bracelet around my wrist. Fortunately, we had read all the stories before we left so we knew what was happening but when you're jet lagged and a huge (no seriously, like pro wrestler huge) man is trying to make you buy a bracelet and telling you some story about how you will have a large African family with five babies ... it's a little difficult to focus. Thankfully, we managed to turn him away without too much hasseling and decided that we'd had enough in our jet lagged, sleep deprived state and headed back to the room for the night.
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