A more than a year since i last posted, i know i had some tips shared and clueless for good one hour. They’re in my instagram posts! Gotta paste them here too. Slowly but surely 😀
So Eurostar, London to Paris. I booked the tickets online on 30.12.2016, about 2 months ahead from our travel date. Best time to start journey is early in the morning, not too late in the afternoon because then you wouldnt have much time to catch in Paris plus, its winter and it gets dark early. It is a 2 hour and 30 minute journey from St Pancras station to Paris Gare Du Nord. Considering our apartment check-out time in London, finding Uber to pick us up and managing our bois early in the morning is a daunting task — So off we go at 10:24 am and reached Paris at 13:56 pm. Just a note, our returning time form Paris to London at 15:13 pm to 16:39 pm. Fare for a child and adult is GBP39 and GBP37.50, to and fro. Total wallet damage: GBP231
Respect time and DO NOT BE LATE. We arrived St Pancras early, as i can recollect it was a chilly morning and traffic was a bit tense with people who are driving for work. So yes, you gotta factor in that too in your time planning.
Thanks to our crybaby Mukhriz who got us the business lane privilege :p I must compliment the staff there for being courteous, I observed that they have been very friendly and helpful with us; family with little kids. Yay civilization!
We had two big luggage, and one backpack and a stroller.
We’re seated according to the number given (refer email received after complete ticket purchase transaction). The train journey was pleasant. There’s refreshments at a bar at the end of the coach. The bois behaved so well until we arrived Gare Du Nord.
PARIS GARE DU NORD (Paris North Station)
French people dont speak English. Minimal, yes. So ive got all rental car email printed, we heading to Europcar counter. Because there was a renovation going on, it was relocated. We went up and down, left and right, the help counter staff wasnt being helpful, got into the wrong complicated tiny elevator, and there, Europcar — at the corner of station.
Not sure if ive got us the cheapest rental car, i hope i did, but i decided to get it here. It is cheaper when you pick up and return at the same place. Our pick up time is 14:00 pm. By now you should get the idea that i matched our arrival time in Paris and car rental pick up time.
The rental process at the counter was easy and simple, but note that the driver must present his/her credit card. In order to save Euro, i did not name second driver. Because there isnt going to be a second driver pun, im not driving yo. But eventually they charge me as the second driver because i used my credit card. Hubs didnt own a credit card, and debit card is not accepted. So…
So we went to basement parking with Europcar staff, met our car, checked every inch of the body making sure all dents are already there, took pictures just in case, children car seats installed and we exit Gare Du Nord.
Boy it was hard. For a first timer driving left-hand car. Hehe. But Mr. Husband managed. For a total of 2400 KM journey cross country, he managed. Yaaay! 😀 Funny we were freezing cold in the car not knowing to increase the temperature just by adjusting the AC. Silly.
With Waze App, we reached Hipark residence serris val d’europe our stay for two nights. Objective one: Near Disneyland. Objective two: Free parking. Was a bit regret that we didnt shop at La vallée village when it is so near.
Next: Trip Day 4, Paris Day 2!