10 February 2014

Another day in the life of Unkie Dave (or London to Paris in 231 minutes)

This weekend I have mostly been... in Paris.

The Very Understanding Girlfriend and I popped over on Friday, and given that the Eurostar train leaves from St Pancras International, a twelve minute walk from our house, we had the joy of walking to Paris, aided by a bit of locomotion for the difficult under-the-Englsh-Channel bit.

So, in a challange shamelessly stolen from Top Gear I decided to race myself, to see which was faster, travel by train to Paris or by plane to Dublin. Now, the distance from our flat in London to our house in Dublin is 287 miles as the crow flies. The distance from our flat to our initial destination pour le déjeuner, the rather tasty if shockingly expensive (even by Dublin standards) Le Potager du Marais near the Centre Georges Pompidou, is 214 miles à vol d'oiseau.

St Pancras International Train Station, 07:54 GMT. Travel time elapsed: 12mins
Kings Cross, London, 7th February, 2014
St Pancras International Train Station, 08:11 GMT. Travel time elapsed: 29mins
Kings Cross, London, 7th February, 2014
All aboard the Eurostar, 08:31 GMT. Travel time elapsed: 49mins
Kings Cross, London, 7th February, 2014
La campagne! 11:21 CET. Travel time elapsed: 2hr 39mins
Somewhere in the French countryside, France, 7th February, 2014
Paris Gare du Nord station, 11:54 CET. Travel time elapsed: 3hr 12mins
Rue de Maubeuge, Paris, 7th February, 2014
Paris Gare du Nord station, 11:57 CET. Travel time elapsed: 3hr 15mins
Rue de Maubeuge, Paris, 7th February, 2014
Étienne Marcel Metro station, 4th Line, 12:16 CET. Travel time elapsed: 3hr 34mins
underneath rue Turbigo, Paris, 7th February, 2014
Notre destination, Le Potager du Marais, 12:33 CET. Travel time elapsed: 3hr 51mins
rue Rambuteau, Paris, 7th February, 2014
L'OmNomNom, 12:57 CET. Travel time elapsed: 4hr 15mins
Le Potager du Marais, rue Rambuteau, Paris, 7th February, 2014

In a somewhat surprising turn of events we have a dead heat. While our arrival at the restaurant took only 231 minutes from London, the menu took a bit of navigating thanks to overwhelming delicious choice and my stubborn insistence on ordering in French even though the waiter and fellow diners were wincing in agony and reaching for the phone to call the gendarmes and report the brutal murder taking place. So 24 minutes later I was tucking in to L'Aubergine Surprise, and Robert Stephenson was crying in his tasse de thé at what might have been.

So, London to OmNomNom in Paris took exactly the same length of time as London to Dublin, but the reward at the end was so much tastier.

Sorry for the foodie pic, I offer it purely for the purposes of scientific verification.


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