I always wanted to say that. Yes, I took a day trip to Paris. I’d been to Paris before, but going just for the day sounded like such a luxury. Of course, it wasn’t from home in the U.S. It was from London where a day trip there is much easier.
We started our day at King’s Cross / St. Pancras station. Yes, the one of Harry Potter fame. No, I didn’t see Platform 9 3/4. I did, however, find what we were looking for – the high speed Eurostar train that would take us to Paris. The first surprise was that border patrol actually does your passport exit stamp for the U.K. and French entry stamp right in the station before boarding the train. While the stamps were a surprise, the need for a passport was not, at least not for us. Apparently, it was for some people, though, as the woman in line next to us failed to bring hers. I’m guessing she never made it on the train. Anyway, we got on the train, enjoyed our slightly upgraded seats so we got a light breakfast, and made the about two hour trip to Paris.
After a long and busy day, we headed to Gare du Nord for our train back to London, but not without a little more adventure. As a convenient place to carry it, my dad had put our Eiffel Tower lunch photo inside his shirt (but outside his undershirt) and forgot all about it. The French security as we were going to the train, however, didn’t. They noticed something under his shirt and, of course, required that he show what it was. They got quite a laugh when they realized dad was trying to “smuggle” a family photo through security. I’m sure they will be telling all the others about the crazy American with the photo under his shirt!