Paris Eurostar Tickets purchases online... Check the dates before you purchase!
26.06.2007 - 30.06.2007
After a wonderful five days in London with my family and our friend Todd, we were so excited to go to our next destination: PARIS!
We left our hotel in West London by taxi to the train station to catch the Eurostar aka the Chunnel to Paris leaving at 3 P.M. The five of us handed over our tickets to the girl to board the train to Paris when she handed them back to me and shook her head and handed them back to me. "I am sorry madam but these tickets are not for today's departure."
I almost passed out right on the spot! "What do you mean they are not for today's departure?" I asked in a panic.
She showed me the date on the tickets which was for three days from now. I said so what do we need to do to change them? Go to the ticket office and you will have to purchase new tickets for today. Of course, it was too late to get on the 3 o'clock train, so we would not get out until 5:30. When I explained this to my husband and our friend they couldn't believe it. I was so careful to double check all of the train tickets for our three week trip through three countries and I missed the most important one. This was a huge mistake on my part! After waiting patiently for my turn, the French Eurostar employee informed me that since my tickets were purchased three months ago and they were non refundable, I would not be reimbursed for any of the three hundred dollars I spent on them. The worst was yet to come.... The new tickets which like airline tickets that are purchased without any advance purchase were going to cost us $900 u.s. dollars!!!! I almost cried right there. She told me to bring them to the train station in Paris and see if they could stamp them and mark them unused, perhaps someone there could help us.
My husband didn't talk to me for the rest of the day. I felt horrible. So the moral of the story is triple check your tickets when you purchase them yourself on the Eurostar web site. They are non refundable and it will cost you a king's ransom if you walk up to the station and try to buy one at the last minute like we did.
When we arrived in Paris, we all piled into a cab, yes, five of us! We arrived at 9 and the sun had just gone down. All of the Paris lights came on and we hurried to our hotel by the Eiffel Tower on the left bank of Paris. Hotel de la Paix 19 rue du Gros Caillou down the block from many great bistros and restaurants. The hotel was in a street that looked like a little alleyway. It had a friendly staff mostly French speaking. The rooms were small but clean and comfortable. We paid 150 euros for four people in one room. It had a nice private bath, air conditioning and a T.V. The most important thing about the hotel was it's location! Two blocks from the Metro, and Five blocks from the Eiffel Tower, Rue de Cler which is a great place for food, wine, cheese and snacks. Great for saving money and making picnics in the park and snacks for our hungry kids. Buy a Metro Card for daily use or one for a few days depending on how much time you will be spending in Paris. Kids are free on the Metro. It is a great way to see everything. It is so easy to use and very safe. We went at midnight from the Les Halles area (Pigale) and the subway was packed with teens and old people. Everyone was helpful and gave us directions. I speak French but the rest of the group didn't. They managed just fine.