|Mr A with his Snowy Dog|
So as some of you may already know, we recently came back from our short city break to Brussels (lots of posts to follow). We decided a trip on the Eurostar with the little man was well overdue, I have been many times while living in Amsterdam and France but this was going to be a first with a toddler and we were very excited. Initially we thought we would go to Paris but decided to keep that for my 30th Birthday later this year and thought why not check out the often overlooked city of Brussels and we are so glad we did.
|Boarding the Eurostar and ready to go|
Our trip started from Cardiff in Wales, our high speed train to London was delayed but only by 15min but we were arriving into London during tube strikes and even though we had given ourselves more than an hour and half to get from Paddington to St Pancreas which under normal circumstances would not be an issue but with our first train being delayed it was tight, although we made it with 25 min to spare, which allowed us to have a little wander around the terminal after check in.
|Before we leave at St Pancreas|
Here is a mini taster of our trip, like I said lots of posts to follow, let's just say we indulged in all the wonderful things Belgium has to offer like chocolate, waffles and well brewed beer..
|We had a great time exploring the delights of Brussels|
On our return we decided to treat ourselves and upgrade to Standard Premier which I cannot recommended enough. The seats are larger and recline, as well as having at table service which included a light meal, we went for the vegetarian option which was some french beans, carrots, brie cheese and a rustic roll, as well as a cheesecake and some wonderful wine.
So what are the Pros and Cons of travelling on Eurostar as appose to flying?
It's super convient - you literally go from the centre of one city to the centre of another and with check in 30min before you leave you don't need to be waiting around for hours either.
You can take large suitcases without being charged extra as you would do on a flight
It's fast, relaxing and a great way to travel, especially in Standard Premier, although it really doesn't matter where you sit as the staff are very friendly and are on hand to help and are all multi-lingual.
Power points are at every table/seat so you can plug your laptop in or iPad to watch a film, or simply watch the countryside fly by (thats what we did mainly)
To be honest there are very few as we found the trip fast, smooth and very enjoyable but it we have to be picky it would be -
Standard seats are a bit of a tight squeeze if your travelling with kids but it's more than doable
They don't yet have Wifi although I am sure this is something that will come in the future
How Child Friendly is it?
Very! As I said the staff were really friendly and helpful.
Every seat has a fold down table which is large enough to enjoying some colouring in or sticking and if they get bored of that there are power points everywhere so you can plug your laptop in and play a film.
There is also most space to get up and walk if needs be.
The check in is pretty stress-free and similar to that of an airport and once your through to the waiting lounge you can purchase snacks and drinks.