The Long Road Home (MH1)

As per usual, MH1 was served by an A388, though there were talks of them being retired in early 2018 for the new A350s coming into service by then. I’m a little sad to see the whales go, but hey, the A350s might offer an ever better product. Boarding was at 21:22 through Gate 6b,…

Day 19: London (30 Mar) #1

30th March. My last day in London and the last official day of Deinceps Ut Europa! Actually, I was at a loss over what to do today, as Westfield was originally scheduled for the whole afternoon. Instead it got bumped up to yesterday. Flexibility can also be a burden when you’ve got unplanned deviations. But…

Day 18: London (29 Mar) #2

By the time I got back to Paddington, it was already past 3pm and I was getting desperate for some food. I did pass by Angus Steakhouse too many times already, with it being right across the entrance to Paddington. Even by the looks of it, you knew that it’s going to be pricey, not…

Day 18: London (29 Mar) #1

Woke up today extremely in an irritable mood. I could not get a good night’s sleep due to the almost constant sound of footsteps coming from above, and some street noise bleeding in through the window. I’m not sure whether the noise coming from the ceiling was from the room above or the corridor outside…

Day 17: Paris/London (28 Mar) #2

My Eurostar service from Gare du Nord to St Pancras was due to leave at 15:13 and arrive at 16:39. The crew held the train for about 5 minutes past the departure time for passengers stuck in passport control, but arrived relatively on time. Do take note that BST is 1 hour behind CEST, thus…

Day 17: Paris/London (28 Mar) #1

Time to return to London, and last chance to cross off any Parisian attractions still left on my list! After breakfast, I’m off to the Cathedral of Notre-Dame via Line 4, stopping at Saint-Michel – Notre-Dame. After that it’s just a short walk along the bank of the Seine and across a bridge to the…

Day 16: Paris (27 Mar) #3

A/N: This is going to be a short one, kind of an extension of the last post, but I’ll make it up to ya’ll in the next few posts. Val d’Europe is a bit of a walk from the RER station though, about a kilometer or so and I got there pretty late in the…

Day 16: Paris (27 Mar) #2

Here’s a fictional conversation: Leader: Where must we go in Paris? Group: The Louvre! Leader: What do we do there? Group: To see Mona Lisa! Leader: Is there anything else to see there? Group: No! Sadly, that is what has been happening in the Louvre. There’s almost a mob crush to see the Mona Lisa,…

Day 16: Paris (27 Mar) #1

Before I start the day, let me get one thing straight: Today’s itinerary was not planned beforehand. The old itinerary was definitely out of the window as some of the attractions scheduled for today had already been done yesterday, and I’m just going to be walking around asking Maps for directions to my next spot….

Day 15: Paris (26 Mar) #2

Getting from the Palace of Versailles to the Eiffel Tower is relatively straightforward: Just hop on the  RER C train from Gare de Versailles Château Rive Gauche and take a half an hour ride all the way to Champ de Mars- Tour Eiffel. The €3.55 ticket is valid for all stations within Paris city limits…

Day 15: Paris (26 Mar) #1

First full day in Paris. My plans called for me to dedicate the first half of my day to visit the Palace of Versailles and that’s precisely what I did, though I did have a bit of a lie in. There was actually a Franprix grocery store directly across from my Airbnb, but I got…

Day 14: Geneva/Paris (25 Mar) #3

It was getting to evening already, and having skipped lunch in the chaos following the acquisition of the SIM card, I’m pretty starved at that point. Kathleen and Erik, my Airbnb hosts did recommend Chartier, a place down in Montmarte. It’s about half an hour’s ride through the metro from my place, so I decided…