Since it was Claire's birthday we dolled ourselves up and headed to the Moulin Rouge. It was an entertaining night, although our dress standards varied quite a lot to the crowd going to the goth punk concert next door!
All in all, a nice relaxing weekend in Paris..... until it came to returning to London.
The plan was to catch the early train out of Paris on Monday morning and be back in London ready for work at 9am. Given our hotel was opposite the terminal in Paris we arrived a little earlier to get some breaky and scoot through Security/Immigration onto the train. Sadly, the security line was too long to get breaky and the train was even held for 15 minutes so that everyone could board. To make matters worse the 2 1/4 hour trip lasted 9 hours. Instead of arriving in London at 8:30am we arrived quite a bit later and made it to work for 3:45pm, only 7hrs late! Reasons given included
a) faulty electrics in the Channel tunnel (where we waited underground for 3 hours, only to reverse a few miles back into France and try again),
b) defective train ahead of us in the tunnel,
c) our train had a technical problem, and
d) baggage scare closing the terminal at London St Pancras International.
Maybe going to Heathrow Terminal 5 would have been a quicker option?? At least they would have given us a blanket and food!
Certainly a trip to be remembered, and we now have a free return Eurostar ticket to use as well. Anyone want to buy it from us????