One day in Paris
I spent a day in Paris with a few of my colleagues, on a familiarisation and training day. It was an early start, leaving London St Pancras at 9.29am. The station is very modern and has many breakfast options, although this wasn’t required, as we travelled on Standard Premier, therefore a delicious continental breakfast was served. As the train was one of the new Eurostar trains, there was complimentary wifi throughout the service and each seat had a USB connection, so you can connect your phone or laptop to power, allowing you to work on the train if required. The journey was extremely comfortable and before we knew it, we had arrived in Paris.
We had a short walk to Brasserie Flo, where we had a typically French lunch. I recommend this restaurant as the food was delicious and the fixed price menu is excellent value for money. After lunch, we had a few hours spare to explore the city. As one of my colleagues had never been to Paris before, we decided to go to the Eiffel Tower. We travelled on the Metro, getting tickets was really easy and we managed to navigate to the Eiffel Tower without any problems (and despite our limited French). The sight of the Eiffel Tower did not disappoint, it’s grandeur attracts such a variety of people, from tourists to newly weds having photos, so there is a real buzz to the area. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to go up the Tower, however, this is on the top of my “to do list” for when I visit Paris again.
We travelled home in Standard Class, however, we were fortunate enough to have access to the Business Class Lounge in Gare du Nord. It was a haven to relax in before the train home, there were complimentary drinks and snacks available, ensuring a pleasant journey home. I thoroughly enjoyed my day in Paris, the convenience and comfort of the Eurostar means a day trip is a great option, hopefully I shall be returning for another day trip soon.