Sunday, May 25, 2014


Buddy was impressed with the bullet train ride from London to Paris and back. On the train he studied the magazine that illustrated how the tunnel was constructed. He then drew his own versions.
Notice that it is dark next to Buddy in his window seat. That's because we are actually in the chunnel at that moment. That part of the train ride lasts only 20 minutes. Once we are out on the French side it takes an hour to reach Gare du Nord in Paris. The train zooms along at a high speed of up to 298 km (186 mph) all the way and links the cities in 2½ hours. The ride is smooth and quiet. Seating is reserved if you wish or you can buy a cheaper ticket and risk finding an empty seat. There's also a first class. We had reserved seats. We didn't bother with going to the dining cars but hubby went to the  snack bar for tea. We had our own food from home.
There is table seating and it was very practical. Each car only has two of these so we were happy guests to have this set up. It makes using an iPad and drawing so much easier.
 After our three day visit, hubby and Buddy checked out the bullet trains from a departure platform in Paris. The Eurostar trains have a separate entrance with extra security similar to that of airports. We boarded the train below through a special set of stairs going down.
The trains certainly are impressive. And the ride was definitely fun!!
Buddy is proud to announce he has travelled under the seabed of the English Channel twice. Buddy loved the whole tunnel thing and hubby loved the train ride. I loved watching them have fun.

P.S. Did you know that Buddy's BIL is a geotech engineer who helps in the construction of such tunnels? He is currently working with a team creating a new tunnel in the London Underground. Buddy finds tunnels very fascinating.


Betsy Adams said...

Hi, Great post... I have read about those trains --but have never been on or near one.... WOW!!!!

Love the photos especially the one of you and Buddy... It's AWESOME...

Sounds like a wonderful trip.

Sandra said...

what a wonderful trip... i would love to ride one of those trains. i love all trains... Buddy looks great in all his photos and i agree with Betsy, the one of you and buddy is really a good photo of both of you...

Olga Hebert said...

I can see Buddy's intent interest in the picture of him drawing. You look well and happy--and I hope you are all feeling that way!

Marie said...

How awesome! I know Buddy enjoyed himself! I'd love to do that sometime. I know you are happy that you have a relative that works on such fascinating!

Dee said...

Dear Heidrun, like Buddy I really enjoy tunnels--the difference in sound. But I'm claustrophobic and so that's changed my enjoyment of them.

I can just see the three of you on that high-speed train on land and then under the Channel and then back on land. What fun it must have been watching your husband and Buddy. I'm so glad the three of you are having such a delightful trip. Peace.

Beth Niquette said...

What a wonderful trip this must have been! Love the storyline and pictures. ((hugs))

Kiki said...

Hallo liebe Heidrun,
geht es euch gut? Seid ihr schon wieder zurück oder immer noch unterwegs?
Es muss eine tolle Reise gewesen sein.
Liebe Grüße und ein sonniges Wochende,

Mrs. Fry said...

I want to go to Paris next summer and take a train from Paris to Vienna.

I am so jealous!