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Paris in a Day

Thursday morning I headed to Paris with my boss and another co-worker for a Tableau event. Living in the US, I'd heard about the Eurostar train, but getting to Paris in two hours was hard to fathom. It was a pretty incredible experience.

The train leaves from St. Pancras station, so I took the tube from Southfields around 6:30am (I take about an hour to get to St. Pancras from where I live).

From there, we hopped on the train, topping out at 182 mph.

After arriving at Gard Du Nord, the train station in Paris which is much dirtier than it’s counterpart in London, our taxi driver took us on quite a round-about way to the conference location, but that didn’t bother me as it allowed me to take in more of the amazing French architecture.

We only had a few minutes to eat lunch and decided to eat in the hotel (Four Season George V) and it was CRAZY expensive. This meal, as tiny as it is, was €57.

The trip back to the train station after the event was event better. The driver took us past the Arc de Triomphe...

…and back to Gard Du Nord...

…before arriving back at St. Pancras to one of my favorite statues in all of London. This couple is probably 25-30’ high.

I can’t wait to take Beth and the kids to Paris for a long weekend. And I don’t think the kids have quite yet grasped the experience that is ahead of them.

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