Totally Frenched Out

From the blogger formerly known as Samdebretagne

Friday, November 28, 2008

To London I go

So, guess who almost just missed her train to London? Yep, that would be me. Here I thought I was doing good and leaving much earlier than I would for a normal train, and I end up almost missing the damn thing. Check-in was already closed by the time I got there, and I had to do some major sweet-talking (read: begging and pleading) to get them to let me through. It was pretty much like checking in for the airport, what with customs and luggage scans and duty free shops and all. So FYI for anyone else taking the Eurostar for the first time - make sure you get there more than 15 minutes in advance like I did, or you'll be out of luck! Also, double check your departure time before you go because some of the trains have been advanced, delayed or cancelled all together- mine left an entire 30min before the departure time printed on my ticket.

And now a quick word about Thanksgiving - I had such a good time last night with everyone, and the food was absolutely delicious. It was a real American Thanksgiving with all the trimmings. And major props to Sarah for hosting us all - there were at least 15 of us there and she really was the hostest with the mostest! Not to mention the massive turkey she found for us... There are pics are up on Facebook, I didn't have time to post any here before leaving. It's probably a good thing I didn't though, or I really would've missed the Eurostar!

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Blogger Emily Marie said...

I missed my train to London a few weeks ago because I'm retarded and didn't know that Eurostar had it's own separate check-in. There I was waiting for over 30 minutes for my numero de quai to pop up on the screen. Yeah, that was fun.

Have a great time!! It was lovely seeing you last night :)

November 28, 2008 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger doomed to be fabulous said...

I nearly missed my Eurostar train too! No one told me that it had an elaborate, airport-like check-in, so I just assumed it was like any other trans-European train. I can see why security may be more important for the Eurostar than other trains, though.

November 28, 2008 at 5:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope you've got your umbrella with you, as it hasn't stopped raining all day. Hope that you have a great weekend, nonetheless! :-)

November 28, 2008 at 8:53 PM  
Blogger parisiannewyorker said...

It says on the Eurostar tickets that check-in is 30 minutes before departure time, if I recall correctly. Also, it's v annoying to leave from Paris as there are 2 security checkpoints, whereas London only has one. It's also very embarrassing when they decide to open up your suitcase and go through all your stuff in front of everyone....:(

November 29, 2008 at 6:32 PM  
Blogger Ksam said...

Actually my ticket didn't say anything about being there early - that was the first thing I checked after boarding! I'm just glad I didn't get there two minutes in advance like I normally do!

November 29, 2008 at 6:58 PM  

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