So the first leg is the TGV to Paris. My seat is upstairs next to a window, so this will make for a pleasant work environment. Beautiful sunrise outside.
Hmm, my picture for the previous status was lost, apparently.
We're now stuck in Strasbourg due to an accident on the tracks ahead. No information yet how long we'll be here. I have about an hour as buffer in Paris (actually more, but you have to check 45 minutes before departure for my next train, apparently?) Good thing I took an early train.
Left Strasbourg at a very leisurely pace exactly an hour late, so this should still work out. On Twitter, the Eurostar team notified me that there is an agreement that if the TGV is late, one can take the next available Eurostar without having to purchase a second reservation. Sounds perfect (and also: brilliant service!)
Arrived in Paris in time, enjoyed the walk from Gare de l'Est to Gare du Nord. Two large stations so close together seem unusual, will have to make time to read up on their histories.
At Gare du Nord, I had to go through the most ridiculous security theatre to board the train. Two consecutive passport scans plus face recognition both times (once for the British, once for the French). Baggage scan, metal detectors, remove your belt, the whole nine yards.
Arrived in Cardiff, walked to my bed, will now sleep forever. It was a good journey, though, no complaints.
If anybody is in town already for #PyConUK, and wants to meet up: ping me
@rixx it's probably the same as with King's Cross and St. Pancras stations. Back then when the first railway lines were built between cities, they were operated by different companies, and each company built their own terminus because they didn't want to share a station with their competitor.
@rixx if I remember correctly, Leipzig central station was also originally two different stations operated by different companies located right next to each other, and they decided to built a joint terminus together, with each company operating one wing of the new station building.
@rixx At least you don't had to go to Gare Lyon
@rixx das erinnert mich daran, das ich es zwar schon nach London geschafft habe, allerdings noch nie in Paris war.
@rixx Oh, Cardiff ... 😍 Enjoy!
say hi to the Doctor if you meet him.
@benno Or her! Yeah, will do. If some toots in my past start making sense, you'll know what's up!
@rixx Oh, seems like we'll share the island soon. I'll arrive in Newcastle on Saturday.
@dkl Haha, alright! I'll be leaving next Wednesday, also by train.
@rixx good God, I'll have to take Eurostar soon as well. Already dreading it
@rixx bon voyage!
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