Geoff Brock & Bruce Gamble



Kandersteg to London
via Brig, Geneva and Paris

Saturday, 3rd October2015
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 Swiss soil!
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 to Paris!
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.
©Geoff Brock and Bruce Gamble