By the time you read this our intrepid bike riders will be heading for foreign soil! Their bikes left Rowan House yesterday, and all riders will be meeting right now at St. Pancras to say hello and have a good look around the stunning restoration of the station.
At 12.15 they will board the 12.25 Eurostar bound for Paris, which is due to arrive at the Gare du Nord - another station noted for its fine architecture - at around 3.45 this afternoon. I hope everyone remembers to reset their watches as France is an hour ahead of us!
After checking in at their hotel along with the support team who've travelled over by ferry, everyone will head off for an evening trip around the River Seine, followed by dinner at Le Pré Verre, described by the New York Times as “one of the city’s most fascinating bistros.” Here's a link to some of the chef's recipes if you'd like to cook along with the bike ride this weekend!
[caption id="attachment_6780" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Eurostar terminal at St Pancras Station[/caption]
The restaurant is right by the Sorbonne and the famous Latin Quarter, so there'll be plenty of opportunity to see some of the famous sights of Paris. Claire Phillips-High has gone along for the day, so I hope she manages to get some good pictures of today's events!
Tomorrow, sees the first of Mark Charlton's Bike Ride Diaries, who I'm sure will have plenty of Traveller's Tales and gossip to relate :)
Good luck everyone and here's to an exciting trip home!