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Paris To London On The Euro Star

January 25th, 2013 · 8 Comments

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The Eurostar

Patrick and I left the center of Paris at 10:05 a.m. on the Eurostar and we were in the heart of London by 11:05 a.m.!!!  One hour from Paris to London!  Okay, two hours really, but if you’re talking local time, then yes it is and you can’t beat that!

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Our neighborhood in London

I was a bit apprehensive about going through the chunnel, especially after our boating accident where both Patrick and I almost drowned in the Atlantic Ocean, but that’s another story!  I tried not to think about it as our train made it’s way down into the tunnel  640 ft. below sea level.  Thank goodness the time underwater was around 20 minutes and I was able to occupy my mind by playing memory enhancing games on my phone and before you knew it, we were on the other side of the English Channel.

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The France Show at Earl’s Court

Patrick was invited to London for the France Show 2013 to do several cooking demonstrations, while I invited myself to London to do a little shopping, pub hopping and museum stopping.  It was snowing when we arrived in London and everything looked so pristine and beautiful.

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We found our way to Chelsea where we were staying and the area was just gorgeous.  We kept saying we definitely have to return to London when the weather is warm and we can take advantage of the beautiful parks.  My favorite has always been St. James, but it was simply too cold to stroll around outside this time!

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Girls doing the French Can-can warming up the crowd for Patrick!

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Patrick setting up for his demonstration.

Anyway, the first day there I went to see Patrick perform and he did a great job!  On the other days, I was busy doing my own thing, but I heard that he was even better the next day and by the last day, he was so into his demos that he had people come up from the audience to help in the preparations.

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Constance and Patrick doing Financiers.

Constance, the other chef who was taking part in the demos made quite a good team with Patrick.  They kept a good banter between them and the audiences really ate it up!  Not just figuratively, but literally.

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Mmm! Macarons to taste!

After their demonstrations in how to make macarons, which is all the rave everywhere, they also made financiers, my favorite!  After each demonstration people lined up for the tasting!

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View of Trafalgar Square from the National Gallery.

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Unfinished painting by Michelangelo.

London is expensive and that’s surprising for someone who lives in Paris!  Just about everything was more expensive in London.  Everything except for museums!  It’s wonderful that all the museums are free.  You just waltz right into any museum or gallery and you can spend hours soaking in the culture.  I was able to go to the National Gallery and the Science Museum, but there’s so many other great places to visit.  I just didn’t have the time.

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Tower of London in the snow.

I did take a tour of the Tower of London, but I absolutely do not recommend going when the weather is cold and humid.  There were times when I was chilled to the bone and it wasn’t because of all the ghostly spirits that hover around there!

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Tower Bridge lit up.

It did look pretty in the snow, however, and the Crown Jewels were well worth seeing.  All those diamonds and gems just warmed my heart, or maybe it was because that was the only room that was heated!!!  In any case, the jewels were spectacular to say the least and Tower Bridge was beautiful with the lights on.

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Waiting for our frozen Margaritas to show up! (Tara, Eric, Yetunde, Me, Patrick, Constance and Alison)

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Chilling at a Chinese Restaurant.

Each evening the group from Cook’n With Class and I went to dinner.  One night it was Mexican, another night Chinese, and then Pakistani, etc.  You don’t hang out with a bunch of (funny, but crazy) chefs and not go to some pretty amazing restaurants and London is noted for some of the best restaurants in the world.  No fish & chips for us!

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I did enjoy returning to Harrods, but the place was so crowded, it reminded me of the Bon Marché on New Year’s Eve!  After an hour or so I had to leave to regain some sort of sanity.  Mark & Spencer was better.  Yes I know, you can’t compare the two, but when you’re looking to buy digestive biscuits, scones and tea, you really don’t need to go to Harrods for them – even Tesco will do.

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Me with Wimpy 25 years ago!

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Me and my blue nails 30 years ago on a double decker bus!
Who says I wasn’t ahead of the styles?!

Anyway, it had been 25 years since I was last in London and now I’m wondering, why it took me so long to return?!!

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London calling!

For Patrick who once lived in London and worked for the Savoy Hotel, it was even longer, 35 years since he had last been there!  We definitely will make plans to return once the weather is warmer.

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Hanging out with the Cook’n With Class group.

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At Picadilly Circus.

Maya Muses:  Our trip was truly a lot of fun and I got to know some of Patrick’s colleagues better.  They were a fun group to be with!  (Thank you Eric, Yetunde, Tara, and Constance!!!)

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Alison getting ready to do some drinking!

I, also, met Alison, a delightful English girl.  Her and I went to a wine tasting where we sort of knew more about the wines being served than the actual hostess.  What can I say?  Alison and I are not teetotalers!!!

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Desserts that are too pretty to eat, but I’ll try next time!

The only thing I didn’t have time to do was have cream tea!  I did get my scones, but that’ll be on my list for the next time around!

Photo Credits:  Personal Photos, Macarons from Cook’n With Class

Tags: Food and Wine · Shopping · Travel

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jon // Jan 26, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    London’s a great party town. I spent a year there years ago, but I was surprised at how much beer was in the pubs. Too spoiled in the States I guess.

  • 2 Lynn // Jan 26, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Hi Jon, I don’t drink beer so I can’t even tell you how much it is now! I can tell you that a small Margarita (not even frozen) was over $11 a glass! I could have had 2 for the same price in the States and a lot bigger glass to boot!!!

  • 3 Yetunde Oshodi // Jan 27, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Great post Lynn. It was certainly fun living it with you. : )

  • 4 Lynn // Jan 27, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Thanks Yetunde! I truly enjoyed hanging out with all of you!!!

  • 5 Patrick // Jan 27, 2013 at 11:47 am

    The cancan girls warmed me up as well.

  • 6 Lynn // Jan 27, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Hmm! I’m sure they did!!!

  • 7 Harriet // Feb 1, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Patrick, you can expect me any day now for a private lesson in making macarons! And congratulations on being selected to participate in the show.

    Lynn, thanks for sharing the trip with us.

  • 8 Lynn // Feb 1, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Harriet, we did have fun (as you can see!) and Patrick says anytime, but he’s sure you’ve already mastered the art of making macarons for Richard!

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