|St. Pancras station in London (Click all photos to "embiggen")|
|Pulling out of the Gare du Nord on the Eurostar|
Two hours and fifteen minutes later, we were in St. Pancras station in London.
|Sweet - a couple kissing at the champagne bar at St. Pancras|
|Milano train station platform|
|Milano grand ticket hall|
|The train pulling away from Lausanne and Lake Geneva, into the Swiss mountains|
|Changing trains at Zurich|
|The famous restaurant in the Gare de Lyon|
Gare du Nord was also busy, shabby, and pigeon-infested, but once in the queue for passport processing on the Eurostar, it was all bureaucracy and tourists.
Knowing we'd arrived a little too early to check into our hotel, our son steered us to the upstairs Champagne Bar.
|Just what we needed|
Very elegant. You can sit in the exclusive upholstered couches and chairs of the inside lounge, or you can sit at the little bar in the middle of the huge arching space and enjoy a French 75 or a cocktail or a flute of brut rose. The restaurant has a cloakroom where you can check your bags. The stress and hustle of travel falls away. For a price, of course - the menu's price list includes the charge for a bottle of champagne and seafood platter for two for somewhere above 200 pounds, but for 1500 pounds you can get a Nebuchadnezzar of Tattinger!