Last weekend I got the opportunity to wander around in London, as I was visiting travel bloggers, who have become good friends. They live in a village, called Isham, about an hour by train from London.
I took the Eurostar from Brussels that got me to London in only two hours. Which I think is just amazing and an advantage of living in Europe, in no time, you`re in a totally different world and culture.
Arriving in St Pancras Intl Station I wasn`t alone, lots of travelers with suitcases around me, starting their journey or also like me arriving at their destination. This train station is a beautiful construction with the roof being the highlight for me. The arches form graceful curves with light pouring through giving it an open feeling and not the usual dark atmosphere you get when at a station.
Also the nine-meter sculpture ‘The Meeting Place’ beneath the clock touched me. It`s a statue built by British artist, Paul Day. When reading some more about this artist, I found out he says he got the idea to create this sculpture of a kissing couple after remembering the film ‘Love Actually’ : “At the airport scene, when you get all the characters together and suddenly the doors open and out come the people that have been away and you get all sorts of meetings and people being reunited. I think that is an interesting slice of life and in a way the relief around the base has to be a rich tapestry about people getting together again after being apart. All separation involves a suspended moment when one wonders is this forever?“*
Which makes it even more special I think.
Another sculpture that caught my eye was that of Sir John Betjeman, who was honored with this statue because he helped save St Pancras station from demolition in the 1960s.
While you`re waiting at the station, there are lots of places to eat, have a drink or walk around in the many shops. And of course an important London Landmark needs a unique feature, so there is Europe`s longest Champagne bar. At over 90 meters no other bar comes close!
Not to forget, the St Pancras Intl station offers free wifi… yes, this is a place I can come back to 🙂
For more info, visit www.stpancras.com
*: Found the information in this BBC article.