|Posted by Rachel J Roche on September 2, 2012 at 11:10 AM|
Ok, so I have arrived! Despite my concern about the size of my luggage and how I was going to be able to transport it, the journey was surprisingly easy! I got a couple of comments on the way… from the taxi driver who suggested I should have brought 2 smaller cases, the check-in guy who couldn’t believe I bought the case in England as apparently we don’t sell cases that big, and then of course the middle-aged man who asked if I had a body in there! Perhaps I should have hidden Adam in there – I’d love it if he had come with me! Hopefully he'll be able to come over in the next 2-3 weeks.
My friend Charlotte dropped me at the station and waited with me until I boarded to Paddington (thanks Lottie!); unfortunately, Adam couldn’t come with me as he’s still abroad. It was super easy with the taxi straight to St Pancras and then onto La France! The Eurostar was pretty good although I expected something a bit more luxurious (I’ve no idea why). Perhaps because I assumed it would be a bit nicer than First Great Western or perhaps I had some romantic idea that we were going to have waiter service en route or something, but it was just chock full of miserable looking people eating horrible smelly sandwiches (why do people do that in confined spaces?!?!). In fact, it wasn’t anything special. Oh, and don’t bother with the coffee, it’s gross – although I did get a complimentary party size twix with mine! I rested my eyes for a bit and before I knew it, we had arrived.
At Gare du Nord I took a taxi straight away to the apartment. No faffing about. The taxi driver was really nice and wished me lots of luck. He said that Paris was quiet until about 3 pm whereupon everyone returned from their holidays en masse. There were certainly more cars on the road than at the beginning of August when I was here with Becky.
The room is exactly as I remembered and I couldn’t wait to unpack and make the place a little bit more my own. There is so much furniture in this room, 4 chairs, 5 tables and 5 lamps – not to mention all the vases, pots, and even dried flowers! Oh gosh, whilst writing this I’ve just noticed some pretend fruit as well! What on earth?! I’ve hidden the dried flowers up high on the bookcase out of sight! The pretend fruit can stay – it’s some grapes trying to look like they are growing around the window - I don't think I can get away with hiding those as well… After unpacking, I went to the supermarket to get a few things to eat for later. The Internet wasn’t working for a bit – I had a mild panic about this but managed to fix it after a little while and suddenly I was connected to the world again! Phew. I slept like a log. The bed is so comfy.