27th May 2017

Note to self: ALWAYS READ THE FINE PRINT ON TRAVEL TICKETS. 

This’ll be a food-photo free entry today. 

I’m an idiot. I didn’t read the check-in information about the Eurostar to Paris and had no idea that check in closed 30 minutes prior to depature. I figured it was just like any other train and you could get there with 20 or so minutes to spare. 

WRONG.

It’s a long weekend in England this weekend which means every Tom, Dick and Harry decided to go to Paris for the weekend. Which meant no spare seats on any trains until Monday morning. Which meant I went on an adventure!

Instead of 1 train from London to Paris my journey consisted of:

  • A train from London to Ashford international
  • Another train from Ashford international to Dover priory
  • A 35 minute walk from Dover Priory train station to the port (WHY THEY DON’T HAVE A SHUTTLE SERVICE FOR THIS I DON’T UNDERSTAND)
  • A ferry from Dover to Calais
  • A taxi from Calais port to Calais train station
  • Another train from Calais train station to Paris train station
  • One last taxi to Paris Airbnb

    Things I learnt today:

    1. Always read the small print
    2. Don’t travel on public holiday weekends if possible
    3. Taxi’s in Calais do not have eftpos capability. This means if you have no cash your taxi driver will scream MERDE at the top of his lungs for 5 minutes before driving you to 2 shopping centres to find a “cash machine” where you will then not take out enough cash because he said 30 euro and you will think this means a flat fee but he was actually just telling you the meter price (which happens to be on his rear view mirror not on a meter like a normal taxi). He will then nicely let you go without paying the extra 15 euro because he realises you are about to burst into tears.
    4. Always carry some cash (see 3)
    5. Always have emergency food (protein bars were a life saver today)

    I’m physically and emotionally exhausted. Luckily Paris is now outside my window and I can eat my weight in pastries, cheese and wine tomorrow. 

    Bonne nuit! Xx

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