• Posted:Monday, October 19, 2009
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Get the Eurostar to a Paris hostel and beyond

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Get the Eurostar to a Paris hostel and beyond
Sadly, I've yet to set foot on the Eurostar, something that might seem a bit shocking to some of my blog-reading, globetrotting Brits that are out there who, no doubt, have spent a lot of time hopping between countries in a matter of hours. I've always wanted to go on it though, as it looks a remarkably comfortable and easy way to travel around - not to mention efficient. Apparently, UK-based Eurostar passengers can reach their hostels in Paris in two shakes of a lamb's tail, which is no mean feat.

It may be hard to believe but the chunnel train - as it is affectionately known - is celebrating its 15th birthday this year, according to the Times. For those closer to the Eurostar than I currently am, the paper has set out some destinations on the continent for the keen traveller in honour of this occasion, all of which are easily accessible by train.

Strasbourg, for example, takes around 5 hours to reach but is totally worth the slight wait. An interesting mix of French and German can be found here, so look out for pickled cabbage set against the finest wines. The Times recommends you visit Ami Schutz for the pick of the cuisine.

Failing that, Lyons has a lot to offer, with a mass of antique shops threatening to take all your money and a healthy nightlife for the clubbers among you. Again, however, it's really all about the food - so if I were you, I'd not eat for a week before leaving for the city.

If you do decide to stay in Paris, don't forget to visit Les Catacombes to soak up a bit of French history. During the Revolution, six million souls who lost their lives were buried in these Roman passages.

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