We love traveling on Europe’s trains. And we love their historic train stations.
One of our favorites is London’s San Pancras International Station, home to the Eurostar (fast train) since 2007.
The castle-like gothic structure was the largest station in the world when it opened in 1865. Time took its toll and over the decades it fell into disrepair, coming close to demolition in the 1960’s. A group of visionaries should be thanked for saving it.
Work in recent years has transformed it into a Grand Dame of rail stations – a destination in itself with: a new Marriott Renaissance Hotel (opened in the station this year), and nearly 70 retail outlets, restaurants and pubs – my favorite: it’s home to Europe’s longest champagne bar (90 meters/270 feet).
Friends told us not to miss the statue in the Train Shed’s south end – and that would have been hard to do. It’s a 20-ton, 30-foot-tall (9 meters) statue, “The Meeting Place” by British artist Paul Day.
The two young lovers are so overwhelming that what you could miss are the stories told in the designs that circle the base of the piece. We both got a chuckle, though, after Joel noticed this one:
Explore other destinations from around the world through travel photos, by clicking the link to Budget Travelers Sandbox, Nancie McKinnon’s blog where this all began.