My itinerary for Paris is starting to look like a word problem from my 8th grade Algebra class.
“If Edie arrives in the Dallas-Fort Worth airport on time, she has 40 minutes to make her transfer from Terminal B to Terminal D, which lie along the same longitudinal line and are an estimated 15-minute walk from one another, if the walk is a brisk pace.”
“A train from the Charles de Gaulle airport to the Gare du Nord train station leaves the airport on the hour, every hour. The journey takes approximately 32 minutes. If Edie manages to not get lost within the airport after de-embarking the jet, will she find the train terminal in time to catch the 10am TGV?”
“Edie boards the Eurostar from Paris to London at 7am on Tuesday morning. She arrives at St. Pancreas Station at 8:30am. The journey took 2.5 hours. Will Edie want second breakfast?”
…For the record, I really sucked at word problems in 8th grade Algebra.
I will be in Paris from Sunday, October 20 (though I depart the US on Saturday, October 19…woot, time changes!) until Friday, October 25. A short jaunt across the pond, yes, but it’ll be a delightful week away from my usual daily responsibilities—if I can figure out flight transfers, train schedules, and Tube and Métro transit in the years I’ve been away from the UK and France.
The idea of jetting off to a foreign country, seemingly on a whim, appeals to my inner romantic. Studying these maps and schedules and ticket reservations, however, makes my inner romantic curl into the fetal position. Ahem:
- Flight from Des Moines (Iowa) to Dallas-Fort Worth (Texas)
- Flight from Dallas-Fort Worth to Charles de Gaulle airport (France)
- Train from Charles de Gaulle airport to Gare du Nord train station—from which I will walk the few blocks to my hotel, thank goodness (I’m good at walking)
- Eurostar from Gare du Nord train station (Paris) to St. Pancreas train station (London)
- Tube from near St. Pancreas into the City of London
- Tube to Victoria train station
- Train from Victoria train station to Lewes train station (Sussex)
- Shuttle van from Lewes train station to Glyndebourne—because I’m going to the opera! to see the opera that I wrote into SCORCHED! performed by one of my favorite singers! whee!
- Shuttle van from Glyndebourne to Lewes train station
- Train from Lewes back to Victoria
- Tube from Victoria to St. Pancreas
- Eurostar from St. Pancreas to Gare du Nord—again, from which I will walk the few blocks to my hotel
- Métro around Paris for various sightseeing needs
- Train from Gare du Nord to Charles de Gaulle
- Flight from Charles de Gaulle to Chicago (Illinois)
- Flight from Chicago to Des Moines
As you can see, this is going to be a very relaxing trip. O.o
Even though this is shaping up to be a transportation math equation, I’m still incredibly excited to be able to treat myself to such an adventure. Can’t think of a better way to ring in my 27th birthday. Here’s hoping I board all the correct trains, planes, and automobiles!