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Wow! Everything is in English again. I can actually turn on the TV and understand what is being said.
So . . .
This morning we had breakfast at the hotel and then I spent the morning packing, paying bills and getting ready. After lunch, we took a taxi to the train station and processed our way through security and customs. We bid France ‘Adieu’ and we were off to England.
I really enjoyed the train ride. I got to see some of the French countryside which consisted mostly of farmland from what I could see. It was really pretty. We crossed the English Channel and arrived in London after about 2-1/2 hours.
BTW – I’m happy to be able to say I have ridden a high-speed Eurostar passenger train through the longest undersea portion of any tunnel in the world. It’s very dark in there! According to Wikipedia, in 1996 the American Society of Civil Engineers identified the tunnel as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Cool!
We are staying at a really neat hotel – The St. Pancras Renaissance. The original building was constructed in the 1870’s and used to be the Midland Grand Hotel. It closed in 1935 because its utilities were outdated and it was too costly to maintain. Between 2004-2011 the building was renovated into a new hotel with private apartments on the upper floors. If you are ever in London, this is the place to stay.
Our plan tonight is to have dinner, and then I am going to go downstairs and take advantage of the spa facilities. Tomorrow we sight-see!