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Connecting Paris and London by Eurostar

Posted by dan on December 22, 2010

UK and France - snowy conditions outside

Snowy conditions outside, in the UK and France

Probably the easiest and fastest way to connect the two capitals is by the Eurostar train, which takes as little as 2 hours and 15 minutes. The biggest advantage is that you can start in the center of one city, and arrive in the center in the other one (St. Pancrass station and Gare du Nord), saving you time and money. Considering transfer times and costs, it is very competitive – and probably better – than the budget flights. You have to book as early as you can to get the best rates – tickets go on sale 90 days before trip – but you can get good prices even a few days before if you are traveling on a weekday or at certain times.

2010 is one of the snowiest winters in the UK and France, and many services were disrupted – flights as well as the Eurostar. As I am writing this post, I’ve heard news that travel is getting back to normal, which is very good news for many – especially at such an important time as Christmas. The following images were made when the first snow hit the UK and France in 2010.

Travel TipCheck rates and book tickets: http://www.eurostar.com/

About Eurostar: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurostar

See also blog posts: Connecting Paris and London and Hotels around Gare du Nord

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Wiener Christkindlmarkt – Christmas market in Vienna

Posted by dan on December 22, 2010

The Christmas market in Vienna – called Wiener Christkindlmarkt – is one of the most famous destinations during the winter festive season in Europe. With snow almost guaranteed, the capital city of Austria will not leave you disapointed if you are after a real winter experience. (Although this year Paris turned white as well and Rome had its cold days with fountains freezing.) There are several Christmas markets in Vienna, at Maria Theresien Platz or Karlskirche, but probably the best is at the Rathaus, the Townhall, on the Ring opposite the Burgtheater. Following are some images made yesterday.

A comprehensive listing of all important Christmas Markets in Vienna: http://www.vienna4u.at/christmasmarket.html

 

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Clochard – Homeless in Europe

Posted by dan on December 2, 2010

Winter in a tent in Paris

Winter in a tent in Paris

You can see them in every big city, and Paris is not an exception. What is remarkable though is the tolerant French attitude – I’ve seen homeless at both major airports in Paris, in the metro, in the most elegant districts. And, probably as the result of this tolerant attitude, they are not aggressive or pushy, either you notice them or not, either you give something or not, either you care or not.

Winter came early this year and this will be another tough Christmas season for many.

“Six gymnasiums will provide emergency accommodation for the homeless as soon as the temperature falls below 10°C, adding 350 places to the 8,000 available throughout the year. Several other buildings will also be used as shelters.

Officials say that they still need to find another 13,000 places in the Ile de France region.

Each year 100 people die on the streets of the capital, according to city council employee Olga Trostiansky.”

Source: http://www.english.rfi.fr/visiting-france/20101123-snow-expected-hit-france-week

See also: Homeless in Europe (FEANTSA)

Archimède, le clochard (1959)

Archimède, le clochard (1959)

“Bum Archimede wants to spend the winter in prison, but to get their proves not to be that easy.”

Archimède, le clochard (1959) – Film by Gilles Grangier
Starring Jean Gabin , who won the Silver Bear for Best Actor in the 9th Berlin International Film Festival for his role.

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Snow in Paris

Posted by dan on December 2, 2010

Paris, Jardin du Luxembourg

Jardin du Luxembourg

It doesn’t snow much in Paris, and if it snows, it doesn’t remain long. Although I had been to Paris a few winters before, never saw the city in white. Just recently on a forum talking about the chances to witness snow in Paris, I said hopefully this time I can see it, fingers crossed. Since I made it on time to St. Pancras railway station and my Eurostar train wasn’t canceled either, I managed to make it back to Paris again – and there it was; snow as I wished for. Not as much as there were in previous winters I heard, but in life you have to be grateful for what you get. Here are a few glimpses of this event.


I am a bit skeptical about the accuracy of longer forecasts, but I even forget what they said a day or two before, so I cannot be sure. Anyway, it is good to have a rough idea as what to expect.

Travel Tip 10 day weather forecast for Paris (temperatures in Celsius):

http://weather.uk.msn.com/tenday.aspx?wealocations=wc:FRXX0076&q=Paris%2C+FRA+forecast:tenday

10 day weather forecast for Paris (temperatures in Fahrenheit): http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/tenday/FRXX0076

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