Disclosure: I was invited on this press trip by Eurostar. All opinions are my own.
What kind of traveller are you? Do you like to research meticulously, create extensive lists of unmissable things, and book everything months ahead? I am definitely not in this category, choosing instead to go with the flow and plan as few itinerary details as possible. Who cares what everyone else is doing or seeing? My favourite travel memories are those moments reached by spontaneous decisions and serendipity. These values align perfectly with Interludes, a new concept launched by Eurostar.
When we stepped on board the train, we were handed an envelope that revealed: the hotel we would be staying at, the museum exhibit we were given a pass to, and (most exciting) the chef whose home we would be dining in that evening. Breakfast was served by a collaboration between the chefs at Honey & Co in London and Mokonuts in Paris. After checking into our hotel, the day was spent exploring and getting lost by foot around the beautiful streets of 3ème and 4ème arrondissements.
The best part of our Interludes adventure was dinner at the home of chef Taku Sekine for conversations over an unforgettable feast. As the wine flowed, we got to know Taku a little on a personal level as we chatted of politics, happiness and more. Even in his third language, Taku managed to convey such deep and wise thoughts... I really wished I could speak Japanese so we could talk even more!
I made a vlog of some highlights from this trip:
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