AMAZING! I’ve even managed to keep my end of the carriage seat at Lille! Should be safe now all the way home! We’ve slowed to a standstill just before entering the tunnel. This is ominous. No, picking up speed again, and under the water we go.
I cannot help thinking as soon as I get home I will be seeing if I can get some more Snap tickets to come back again. What a pleasure it is if you can get two seats to yourself. What a difference it makes. To be able to get a £50 return Eurostar ticket to Brussels (or Paris) at short notice is amazing. Bravo Eurostar. To think my train left St Pancras at 304 Monday afternoon and I was in my hotel room at 640 exactly, which allowing for the hour time difference is a journey time of 2 hours 36 minutes from St Pancras to my hotel room—not bad is it? And that includes rush hour Brussels traffic! And my hotel room is just 41,28 euros a night; even with the disastrous post-Brexit exchange rate that is still just £37 a night in my favourite hotel! How can one NOT keep coming back to Brussels?
Amazing. Just as I hoped, even though the £25 Snap ticket does not allow you to choose your seat, on boarding the train I found my favourite seats at back of the carriage were free (from Brussels to Lille at least) so I could move into my favourite seats. Who knows, maybe even on the outward journey if I’d bothered to look I could have done this as well. Space to spread out a little at least. That might explain why when I book my normal Eurostar tickets and am choosing my seat, the whole centre of every carriage appears fully booked but when you get on the train it is not full; perhaps they keep all the central seats reserved for Snappers. A grey cool Brussels morning as we head for home.
So I had my first “Snap” journey on Eurostar. £25 to Brussels, £25 back to London. Amazing. It definitely feels like we are in “cattle class”—the departure lounge at 3pm was very very quiet and yet I was in the very last carriage at the back of the train and it was solid packed, not a single spare seat; and no “businessmen” among us, so obviously they pack all the £25 “snappers” in the same 1 or 2 carriages right at the back of the train—but it is OK. I was squashed in to a window seat with someone beside me, but after all my long long train journeys across Europe to Vienna and Berlin, the 2 hour 1 minute journey to Brussels seems SO quick in comparison, it passed so painlessly. A really sensible move by Eurostar and I recommend the Snap tickets to anybody. You cannot choose your journey time exactly, you can only choose morning or afternoon, and you cannot change your seat, but apart from that it is Eurostar as normal. A great idea and long may it continue. I wonder when we are going to get one of the new model trains on the Brussels route, though. They are on the Paris run only it seems. Our train manager even referred to our “vintage train” while welcoming us aboard!
So I got my Snap ticket, 304pm Monday afternoon (coming back 1056 Thursday morning). Plenty of time to go home Monday then. In Brussels 615pm in hotel by 645pm. Few quick beers and straight to Fifth! Back to Cine Paris on the way back from 5th. Er, that’s it. Tuesday up early for Cine Paris, early Jimmy, early Fifth, early Gare du Nord. £25 Eurostar to Brussels, £25 home, just £35 a night in the Max Hotel, has to be the right thing. Monday could have a couple of beers in —— before getting the 91 up to St Pancras I suppose. If having a bit of a hangover when I arrive is REALLY a turn on.
So done it booked my Brussels return for Monday -th coming back Thursday –th morning before work later. £50 snap Eurostar plus just £103.56 for Max (£34.56 a night only!). Prices that low too good to ignore. And already I am feeling randy to see Inna and Mariana again; why then I did NOTHING on Friday? Too sodden and numb.
A misty Saturday morning, after last night’s rain. Feeling quite maudlin, not sure why. Just my natural state when sober I suppose. The quietest Eurostar I’ve been on for a long time. 756 Saturday morning. Five days of drinking has left me dull, numb, flat. How excited I always feel on the day I arrive. If I had not done something with Inna on the first night I would not have done anything with her all week again. I managed to find some more life on Thursday because of a whole new set of films at Cine Paris, good ones too.