"Oh, Brother"

Trip Start Sep 22, 2012
Trip End Oct 19, 2012

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Friday, October 12, 2012

As far as sleeper trains go, last night's Caledonian was not leading the pack.

The fitted sheets didn't stay fitted for too long, revealing a ripped, slippery mattress underneath that required a complete rethink of the bed linen at 3.30am. And it certainly didn't have the fine suspension of it's continental counterparts.

So we lurch and roll overnight with numerous stops, eventually making it into London's Euston station at 9am... not bright eyed or bushy tailed!

We farewell Hilary after a fine family jaunt, then fill the morning with a visit to the nearby British Library. It's Treasures Room houses many er, treasures, the pièce de résistance being the Magna Carta.

It is being 'rested'...

Other pieces included ancient Shakespeare, musical and religious manuscripts through to some of the Beatles original scrawlings of lyrics.

The 3.31pm Eurostar pulls out of St. Pancras station right on time and two and a half hours later, we are in Paris! The transfer from Gare de Nord to our hotel by metro proves a challenge for G-ma with the killer combination of stairs and suitcases but Ian and l work a series of tag teams to get cases up and stairs and on and off trains.

We make it to Hotel Excelsior though and are thrilled to find out triple rooms is not too miniscule AND has a balcony and view to the Paris Opera House!

There are cafes and bistros up and down our street (just around the corner from Galleries Lafayette) so it's an easy dinner tonight... Pasta at the cafe downstairs, then I'm in bed by 9pm English time. Oh brother, I'm spent! And so was he. And G-ma...

Maybe should have flown.
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