6 September 2015, Sunday
07.09.2015 18 °C
Sunny but cool in Paris this morning, and sunny and mild in London this afternoon.
A bit of a sleep in this morning, much needed after last nights excitement at the Moulin Rouge, as we were leaving the hotel at 8:45 for the drive to Paris Nord station to catch the 11:13am Eurostar train to Paris. We had to pass through French and British passport control at Paris before catching the train, and as usual with the fast trains, the platform is only announced about 20 minutes prior to departure. Of the 30 colleagues on the tour, only 5 of us, plus our tour director, are returning to London, with many finishing the tour in Paris, and either going on to other tours, or going directly home (the return to London is a tour extension). Most of the group who were staying in Paris came down to say good bye to us.
Europe is a single time zone, so we haven't had to adjust our watches since leaving London a month ago. Today, the watch was put back another hour. The train trip took 2.25 hours. We arrived at the hotel at 1:30pm, and immediately were checked into our rooms.
I took the opportunity to empty my bags and reorganise them, and had a leisurely afternoon in the hotel, and obtaining an Oyster card for the local trains.
Was going to have dinner at a local pub, but met the other 4 memebers of our tour group in the bar, and we ended up having a late light meal in the hotel. I'll start touring London tomorrow.