It all began at 6.15 am on Saturday 9th January 2016. I had been told by Lucy to be ready with a winter coat, hat and gloves, wellies, sunglasses, a swimsuit and a passport. It had been suggested that I would need some, or none, of these items. Lucy said she was taking me out for the day to celebrate my 50th (which was on 1st January).
At 6.15 am Lucy arrived with Michelle and off we went (thankfully past the local dump and recycling centre). Half an hour later we arrived at Ebbsfleet International Railway Station. I wasn’t sure if this was a reuse but I was now allowed to leave my swimsuit (just as well this soon after Christmas) and my wellies in the car.
Ebbsfleet Station was deserted apart form a small group in the distance, as this group came into focus I realised I had been subject to a “Girls on Tour Kidnap” to celebrate my 50th – what a fantastic way to start the year. The group waiting for me were: Nat, Jo, Trish, Jax, Di, Frankie, Sian and Jane. I literally had no idea, I thought the most likely scenario, given the items I had been asked to bring, was a spa day with Lucy.
My first ever encounter with Eurostar was a pleasant experience involving champagne and croissants for breakfast. A couple of hours later we emerged from a Cite, a metro station, into the bright January sun and wandered off to find Notre Dame.
A peaceful half an hour to stop and catch our breath was spent weaving our way round the stunning arches and stained glass windows.
Then I was given a new present to remind me of my day in Paris, which I shall treasure, a gorgeous raspberry beret.
Next on the agenda was lunch at Cafe Blanc, tried and tested by Jax at New Year whilst staying with her mum and dad who live nearby. Fabulous food and good company was enjoyed by all.
Lunch consumed we strolled around, trying on shoes and buying mugs and macaroons. Quite by chance we found ourselves by the ferris wheel.
So a group of us went up to view Paris from above, just as the sun was setting.
Finally the sun went down and we made our way through Paris back to Gare du Nord and the Eurostar. All in all a fantastic day out, that sped by too quickly. I can thoroughly recommend lunch in Paris as a special treat, your recipient will not be disappointed. Thank you girls x