Tuesday, June 9, 2009

EuroStar!

These are shots from St. Pancreas train station in London -- in my admittedly limited experience, this is my favourite train station by far -- it's really a beautiful space and it's clean and well-serviced as well.
Isn't that a beautiful mosaic in the brickwork?! And I love the complementary blue!

The combination of glass and metalwork is so effective -- can you see the old clock in the photo above?
And look at that ceiling! I didn't mind waiting here at all -- quite a crowd getting processed through Security and passport check with several trains leaving close together, but we caught our Eurostar without any problems at all -- we'd stopped in to pick up tickets a few days earlier -- round trips for 99 pounds (cheaper than one-ways -- could have been cheaper if we'd bought them earlier). We were in Paris within two hours, very comfortable travelling, and then we just took the No. 5 Metro line from Gare du Nord through to Place d'Italie which is only minutes away from our hotel -- our home away from home, 10 days a year!
We've been out and about now, seen some sights, taken some photos, had some mini-adventures, and soaked a pair of shoes or two . . .

10 comments:

  1. Lovely! Train stations are the cathedrals of the travel world.

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  2. Love hearing from you while on the road, enjoy every minute!

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  3. Glad to have found the blog, I too like a good arched, windowed ceiling!
    Leslie

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  4. St Pancras rather than St Pancreas, I hope!! It is beautiful, isn't it? I remember the first time I went to Europe as a child, the train stations made a real impression on me! Enjoy Paris - I am absolutely green with envy.

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  5. Look at that old clock! I like it, gorgeous! How i wish i could be there too. Looking forward on your next post.=)

    A Writers Den
    The Brown Mestizo

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  6. ah I'm feeling rather jealous!

    Last time I took the Eurostar from London to Paris I went to see Madonna in concert.

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  7. Not sure if you're going to have the chance to see this amazing exhibit but if you can - get along http://fashionismymuse.blogspot.com/2009/06/fastes-de-cour-et-ceremonies-royales-le.html

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  8. Putter: exactly what I thought of -- a cathedral!
    Duchesse Thanks!
    La Maison Fou -- Welcome! lovely to have you visit and comment.
    Tiffany! Yikes, of course it should be St. Pancras (and even just typing that, my 3rd finger automatically crept up for that -e- -- could we blame the error on travel fatigue?
    Imogen: I envy the idea of living somewhere where one can hop easily to another country -- by train under a chunnel -- to visit a concert -- So Glam!
    And thanks for the head's-up re the exhibit. I'll have to see if we can get there.

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  9. Gorgeous station! Old train stations are fabulous spaces.

    I'm so envious that you're now in Paris! Have a marvelous time.

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  10. Thanks Pseu -- you must be getting excited about your own upcoming trip. so looking forward to meeting you!

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