Trains in Europe and the link from England

@maximax8 (27049)
September 15, 2012 8:40am CST
I used to live in Kent and a few times I took the train from Ash Ford to Brussels so I could carry on traveling up to the Netherlands. The London terminal in those days was London Waterloo. Now the terminal station is London St Pancras. Now I live closer to Bristol and the train goes to London Paddington. I am thinking of traveling around Eastern Europe in 2013. I would need to get the train from London to Brussels to start my adventure. I could get a through ticket from London to Amsterdam. I could get an overnight train from there to Prague. I could visit my favorite European place from there: Cesky Krumlov. Next I could get an overnight train from Prague to Krakow in Poland. From there I could get an overnight train to Lviv in the Ukraine. Also in that country I would visit Odessa on the Black Sea coast and Yalta in the Crimea. Kiev looks pricey so I could only afford one night there. Have you ever been on the train from London to Paris or Brussels? Did you sleep on a train in a bunk ever before? Has accommodation been unaffordable for you?
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@allknowing (54665)
• India
16 Sep 12
I was on a package holiday of Europe that covered 7 countries. The first stop over was at London which was kind of a fiasco as we landed there during the week end and we had just two days there. We had to rush through site seeing in those two days and had to catch the Eurostar at 4 in the evening that took us to Brussels There was no time to get to the station and we literally had to run to catch this train. It was a jet speed train traversing through the English Channel under the sea. It was still bright when we reached Brussels where we spent most of the evening outdoors sight seeing. A tourist bus was waiting for us which stayed with us right through our Europe package.
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@maximax8 (27049)
16 Sep 12
I very much like the sound of your 7 country tour and your lovely description of our Euro Star journey from London to Brussels. I am glad it was still bright by the time that you reached Belgium. It is so wonderful to sight see on a summers evening. I hope you really enjoyed your tour on the bus around Europe.
@allknowing (54665)
• India
16 Sep 12
I prefer package tours as they take care of everything although we have to rush around a bit. Each country has so much to offer but these tour conductors know what tourists would enjoy given the limited time. I missed the Tulip season though in Amsterdam. I so much wanted to sing the song "There's spring again, I will bring again, tulips from Amsterdam. With a heart.....'
@dawnald (84129)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Sep 12
Last time I was in London the chunnel did't exist, but I have taken the ferry from both Calais and Ostend. Got seasick the first time, never forgot my dramamine after that. I was actually coming from Europe to see the UK, not the other way around.
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@dawnald (84129)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Sep 12
stupid pc shut down on me...
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@maximax8 (27049)
16 Sep 12
I am so pleased you visited the UK by ferry from both Calais and Ostend. It was a shame you got sea sick. It was great you got medication to stop that. I hope your PC is okay now.
@riyauro (6431)
• India
16 Sep 12
I have never been to Europe but I like to hear from you because you know alot about traveling and different places. At least I can learn the famous spots names and it will be helpful when I go there for real. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day ahead.
@maximax8 (27049)
16 Sep 12
That for saying such wonderful things my friend. I learned a lot about traveling from books and television before I began traveling myself. I borrowed travel guide books from my local library. Have a lovely day.
@maximax8 (27049)
16 Sep 12
Thanks not that. Sorry.
@riyauro (6431)
• India
19 Sep 12
no problem, I don't have time to read but you are like a encyclopedia fir traveling so i better refer to you. lol hahah. good day friend.
@wolfie34 (26881)
• United Kingdom
16 Sep 12
My friends and I travelled on the Eurostar link back when the Eurostar started from Waterloo, now it starts from St.Pancras, we were using the link to get to Amsterdam. Boarding at Waterloo we travelled to Brussels where we got another connection to Amsterdam, it was a novelty going via Eurostar but certainly not as quick as going by plane. It was part of the holiday and quite an adventure. I would definitely do it again if I was going for longer than a weekend, when time is limited. Now it is much easier for me to travel to Ashford to pick up the train rather than the long slog of crossing London to get to St.Pancras as I live in Kent.
@maximax8 (27049)
16 Sep 12
I lived in Bridge a village three miles south of Canterbury. There was a train from Canterbury West to Ash Ford. There was also a train from Canterbury West to London Waterloo handy for Euro Star. I liked reading about your trip from London Waterloo to Brussels and then another train onto Amsterdam. The plane from London to Brussels is incredibly quick. It is just another plane journey. It is much more fun to go on Euro Star but as you say it is best for longer trips rather than a weekend away. It is lovely that you live in Kent and could travel easily to Ash Ford. London St Pancras is in North London so it is not handy to travelers in Kent.