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Review: Eurostar

Travel Service - Bus & train

Luggage free day to Paris

  • By SilverTraveller Grosvenor

    13 reviews


  • Sep 2013

79 people found this review helpful

Last week my daughter treated me to a one day trip to Paris, so I could test the experience on behalf of a group of Silver travellers before arranging a short holiday in Europe, probably to Paris or Bruges. We usually travel by air, especially as Leeds-Bradford airport is on our doorstep, and occasionally from other airports, but thought we might like an adventure by train.

My daughter booked the tickets on line, but this would be no problem for anyone used to the internet. It was a Thursday, and I was surprised to find every seat booked, but directions were clear and the journey itself was fast, comfortable and pleasurable, though the scenery of northern France is flat and monotonous.

However, the checking-in and security processes were more stressful and time-consuming than at an airport, and I certainly would not want to travel with more luggage than a handbag! Every possession had to be heaved onto a hip-height security desk, and I would have found this difficult with a flight-bag and impossible with a suitcase. Then having dragged their cases on board, passengers had difficulty finding a space for big cases, hoisting smaller pieces onto racks above head-height.I was thankful for my (taller) daughter's help in stowing my coat!

The weather was lovely, and we had decided on the Quai D'Orsay Museum as a focus, to see the huge exhibition of post impressionist paintings. The Museum's trendy café provided an excellent lunch, and there was time to sit in the sun by the River Seine and wander in a few local shops before returning by Metro to the Gare du Nord. Lots of steps at every station proved rather hard on the knees at the end of a long day. Had I been a quicker walker, there would have been time to cross the river and wander in the Tuillerie Gardens, but I know my limits.

The Gare du Nord was also very busy, with many passengers unable to find a seat while waiting to board the train, and queues again to go through the immigration and security checks.

To sum up, a lovely day out, but I wouldn't choose Eurostar for a longer break.

79 people found this review helpful

This review is solely based on the opinion of a Silver Travel Advisor member and not of Silver Travel Advisor Ltd.

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