First, there was the
by now familiar train service from Kandersteg to Brig.
From Brig, we caught
another train to Geneva.
In Geneva, we got our
last opportunity to stock up on Swiss chocolate, whilst still on
Our third train of the day, from Geneva
to Paris, was the only disappointing journey of the whole
holiday. The train was packed to capacity, with inadequate
luggage space and only a single narrow entry/exit door per
carriage. Luckily, we had reserved seats, because some people
who got on at the next station had to stand all the way
Having made some negative
comments about the train, it was nevertheless a good journey.
We arrived at Gare de
l'Est in Paris ten minutes behind schedule.
The arranged coach across Paris was
cancelled, because it had been involved in an earlier accident.
We didn't have a lot of time to make the connection, so
we all caught separate taxis from Gare de l'Est to Gare
du Nord. Our tour leader's skills very put to the test as
he succeeded in jumping the long taxi queue with his group
of 39 people. We did out best to ignore the dirty looks
we were getting!
We passed a few famous
landmarks en-route between the two stations.
Eurostar. Our fourth
train of the day from Gare du Nord to St. Pancras, London
We arrived back at St. Pancras at 20:39,
after a very long day. But it wasn't quite over. We caught
the fifth train of the day from St. Pancras to Wimbledon
Chase, arriving home at around 10.00pm. We felt tired, yet
very contented, as we reflected on our amazing experiences.