Monthly Archives: January 2014

Barcelona => Sevilla

From Girona we got a standard train to Barcelona Sants and spent the night with a friend. The next day we headed to Sants again to catch the AVE to Sevilla.

On the AVE from Barcelona to Sevilla. One of the great things about travelling by train is that you can get up and walk around, and go and meet a friend for coffee!
On the AVE from Barcelona to Sevilla. One of the great things about travelling by train is that you can get up and walk around, and go and meet a friend for coffee!
The AVE arrives in Sevilla.
The AVE arrives in Sevilla.
We made it! Back in Sevilla again. Sevilla to London and back by train - it can be done!
We made it! Back in Sevilla again. Sevilla to London and back by train – it can be done!

Paris => Girona

Gare de Lyon, main station for TGVs going south
Gare de Lyon, main station for TGVs going south.
Departures board at Gare de Lyon
The departures board at Gare de Lyon. There were *two* trains: one terminating at Perpignan and another going all the way to Barcelona. Although the station staff said they were the same train, actually they were separate, but ran one in front of the other. We had separate tickets booked to Perpignan and then to Girona, so consequently at Perpignan we had to get off and run to change trains, along with an octogenarian couple!
Stairs to first class
The stairs to first class. The view may be great from the top but you have to carry your luggage up the steps! Although you can also leave it in standard class if there’s space.
Train #1 to Perpignan
First train, to Perpignan, followed by a mad dash for the train in front to Girona!
Back in Spain!
Back in Spain! At the Hotel URH in Girona.

Return journey: London => Paris

Trains to Paris depart from St Pancras International in the northern part of the centre of London.

Eurostar departures board
Eurostar departures board. London to Paris direct centre to centre in 2h25m!
The Eurostar departure lounge
The Eurostar departure lounge
Escalator to platform
Escalator up to the platform.
It's a long train!
It’s a long train! We are in coach 17 of 18.
Eurostar
We make one short stop at Ashford International, just before entering the tunnel under the channel. We spend about 20 minutes under the sea.
Inside Eurostar
Inside Eurostar. The train is full with people travelling for the holidays but there’s room for everyone. No power sockets in standard class, except in the toilet!
In Paris
In Paris, next to the Seine! We’ve come a long way.