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Summer’s Coming…

Maple & Kings

There was a moment today, where I felt warm. Outside. There was a proper shift in the weather and I felt the sun on my face for more than just a couple of accidental minutes.

There was still a considerable breeze and it definitely wasn’t warm in the shade, but the fact remains that the sun said a proper hello and it looks as though it’s not going away any time soon. Hip pip.

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Learning to make Goan Fish Curry at
Waitrose Cookery School

Waitress Cookery School

I really enjoy cooking. I’m very happy making a mess in the kitchen as I steadily work my way through every pot, pan, knife and chopping board I can lay my hands on… I occasionally attempt to wing something from whatever I’ve got in the fridge… but this usually doesn’t end exceptionally well.

Which often surprises me. I feel I ought to be really good at that. Especially if I had radio 4 on on the background. If it was a movie, I’d be whipping up amazingly gorgeous dishes from half a carrot, some old feta and a mystery vegetable. But I don’t live in a movie (I DO I DO I DO) so I stick to my beloved recipe books and love discovering new and unusual dishes.

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Aussie pals, an evacuation
and brunch at Granger & Co

Grange and Co

They know what they’re doing in the latte department. Ho yes.

Years ago, I worked in North Carolina as a Camp Leader for Camp America. I did it for three years and had around 180 teenagers in my charge at any one time. Let’s not think about that.

I was also responsible for the counsellors, who were looking after these teens. These counsellors were from all over the world, and included Lou from Brisbane Australia and Ami from London.

Anyway, they met on camp, they fell in love over a cook-out campfire and now they both live in Oz. And obviously this happy ending is ENTIRELY down to me.

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Poppy à Paris (Part 1: Eurostar)

Une belle vue

I know that we all know that we can all go to Paris by train from Kings Cross.. but sometimes it hits me with a bang. WE CAN TRAVEL TO PARIS BY TRAIN! It’s amazing! It’s more than amazing, it’s completely thrilling. Am I the only one left who still gets excited by this?


Just a few days ago, it was I (Poppy) who was whizzing off to Paris on Eurostar, for just one night to go and stay in the completely beautiful Hotel Pont Royal, (more on this in part deux). I packed my bag, (yes, I remembered my passport) put on my best ‘I Am Going To Paris On The Train Oooo La Laaaa’ Monsoon Dress and stepped aboard the tube, which would trundle me down to Kings Cross, St Pancras. 

Kings Cross

Hustle and bustle doesn’t begin to describe St Pancras station on a Wednesday morning, but it was exceptionally easy to navigate through the noise, glide (ha!) through the commuter clamour before whizzing through passport control, security and then finding myself in a very nice departures lounge, nibbling a Caffé Nero croissant (couldn’t wait) with time to spare. The process was easy as pie petit pois.

Eurostar has taste

A very quiet carriage indeed! Hurruh!

We we were all welcomed on board by a steward on the platform and before I knew it I was settled in my very comfortable seat, flicking through the complimentary magazines and looking forward to breakfast, which “will be served in 20 minutes.” 

I have always loved meals on planes – it’s something about the littleness of the boxes. Like playing dolls houses. It’s more fun than anything – the actual food is secondary for me. So, when breakfast was served on Eurostar, I was a little over excited.. and then it got even better as the food was utterly delicious. Fresh butter croissants, pain au chocolate, seeded rolls, Tiptree Morello Cherry jam, fruity yoghurt, fresh orange juice, tea and coffee.. oui!

Breakfast on Eurostar


I travelled on Standard Premier in coach 8 – one of their quiet coaches. Standard Premier means super comfortable seats, glossy magazines, yummy meals and power sockets galore! (Happy Poppy on her Macbook.. tap tap tap..)  


Travelling from London to Paris on Eurostar was so easy. I can’t fault the travel experience and if you are someone that needs to travel with more than one bag, or you are travelling with a family, I’d certainly recommend Eurostar over a plane as they have far fewer baggage restrictions and you rarely have to check in your luggage. It’s also faster and greener than flying and those are two big ticks for me. Tick, tick!


In 2hrs and 16 mins I was there. In 8 minutes I was in a taxi and in a further 15 minutes I was in my hotel doing a little dance and devouring the Toblerone from the minibar.

Hotel Pont Royal

..and you can read all about my beautiful Parisian adventure next week..

Au revoir!

Here are some more details – all of which are available on www.eurostar.com

Standard Premier 
With the option of flexible fares, Standard Premier offers the freedom to work, think, or simply unwind. You will be presented with calm, spacious surroundings with on-board staff offering a light meal and a selection of magazines.

Standard Premier fares start from £189 return
  
Eurostar Plus
Eurostar Plus is a unique partnership between Eurostar and some of Europe’s most popular museums and galleries in Paris, Lille and Brussels. Travellers simply present their Eurostar ticket to take advantage of 2-for-1 entry into paying exhibitions.
Paris galeries include: Musée d’Orsay, le Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, le Jeu de Paume, la Cité de la musique, les Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Le musée du quai Branly.

Paris

Eurostar operates up to 18 daily services from London St Pancras International to Paris with return fares from £69. Fastest London-Paris journey time is 2hr 15 minutes. Tickets are available from eurostar.com or 08432 186 186.

Child fares start from £49 return and children under 4 years-old travel free (not allocated a seat)

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