Paris to London for Christmas

We caught the Eurostar from Paris back to London the day before Christmas Eve. This involved a metro to the train station in Paris, the Eurostar and then two trains to Surrey. At the station in Paris Ed went on strike and sat down saying “No more trains!” Not the best when there were still three trains to go that day. Once on the Eurostar the trip was speedy and smooth. Although we’d only paid for three seats (Ed was free on  a lap) we ended up with four. The kids were occupied with eating and building cardboard Eurostar trains (given to us at check-in) for most of the journey.

on the eurostar

Kids on the Eurostar

We arrived in London the day a big storm was due to hit the south of England. We were lucky to get on the last train allowed through to Surrey but the train before it had been cancelled so it was absolutely packed, the kids and I were separated from Dave in different parts of the carriage, and it was a bit of a push to get all of us and all our luggage off again at the right station. For the final leg of the journey we got a taxi to Dave’s mum’s house and then…relax!

We spent ten days with Nonna that were full of family get togethers. First there was Christmas, then Nonna’s birthday on Boxing Day, then another extended family meal on the weekend.

A little bit of Thailand in England. Merry Christmas!

The kids wore Thai Hilltribe outfits on Christmas Day

flaming pudding

There was plenty of yummy food

After all that excitement we took the kids ice skating under a big top, which was their Christmas present from Nonna. Lil was convinced it was going to be easy and watched ‘how to ice-skate’ you tube videos beforehand with Dave. The reality was a little trickier but she gave it a good go, didn’t get frustrated, and had fun. Ed went around once and decided that was enough.

ready to ice skate

Ready to skate!

Dave and I enjoyed an overnight away from the kids (our first in 18 months), staying with his brother and his fiance who took us out on the town. Thank you Nonna for looking after the kids!

The rest of our time was spent trying to keep the kids from going too stir-crazy in the very rainy weather. We went to see Frozen and emerged from the theatre to a flooded street. On our final full day Dave and Nonna took the kids into London to visit the science museum while I began the big task of packing everything up.

A big reason for doing this trip was to spend time with family, both at the wedding in Thailand and over Christmas in England, and it was really great to be able to spend such quality time together.


Hanging out on Uncle Richard

Next up – a final three nights in Bangkok on the way home!


1 Response to “Paris to London for Christmas”

  1. 1 Bronwyn Joy @ Journeys Of The Fabulist February 22, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Just in the nick of time!

    Glad she stuck with the ice skating. What a champ.

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