Dover to Paris: Every Moment Matters

Please read slowly to allow the suspense to build properly:

3:40pm

ferry from Dover to Calais is scheduled to depart

4:06pm

set sail and numerous crew members say the voyage is 1.5 hours – meaning the boat should arrive at 6:36pm in Calais

crew also said leaving the boat takes 15 minutes including the bus to the terminal

Google says the taxi ride to the train station is 20-22 minutes

looks like the Giants could get to the station by 7:11pm – 11 minutes late

6:30pm

boat docks – 6 minutes before the crew estimates

6:46pm

fastest taxi ever after it took 15 minutes getting off of the boat and taking the required bus ride to the ferry terminal

the driver acted very nervous for the Giants, biting his nails and visibly sweating – he had a football (soccer ball) logged between the dash and the windshield, but could not take any energy to discuss what clearly he loves

the race track efforts were interrupted by a police van that looked like it would pull over the Taxi and Giants to ruin the trips chances at success

after the police exited the highway the race commenced again before the last two miles were considerably slowed by a semi truck

6:59pm

unloaded

7:00pm

ran in and watched train leave the station – like a movie where the man runs to the station to find he is a moment late to catch his love before she leaves the country

the Giants hoped to turn around to see that the sought after solution would actually be standing behind them

the very helpful and friendly staff and a new taxi driver were there – not as dramatic as a movie, still a solution for the desired ends

7:25pm

tickets exchanged free of charge even though they clearly state they are not exchangeable or eligible for a refund

new train booked, kind of, for Lille Flandres train 9:37pm to Paris-Nord arriving at 11:02pm

more like a permission slip pinned to our shirts from our moms saying we are again allowed to go out for recess with the other kids at school

car rental closes at 11:30pm so a 11:02pm arrival to the station in Paris will be a blessing

7:30pm

started a negotiated taxi ride to Lille Flandres station that is supposed to get us there by 8:54pm

cool setup on the taxi to have seats facing each other

7:25pm

traffic delays as this is authored – wish the Giants luck!

–updated at 9:37pm Giants made the train and only had to fend off one passenger from the seats claimed – passage was approved with no assigned seats so it was catch as catch can — he graciously allowed a Giant to sit in his seat and found another for himself

— updated at 10:00pm at the only stop fended off a persistent man who would have broken up the gang

— updated at 10:27pm world will never know if the permission slip to ride was valid since the ticket checker walked by the Giants twice and never asked to see tickets from the group

— updated at 11:30pm Rental car closed 1/2 hour early – Click here to read about Hertz stranding Giants.

— updated at 12:30am Oh there is more! Last night when the Giants left the train station for a taxi there was a line of 100 people queued for taxis – Paris is busy and with a train strike things are worse than normal during this high season. The facilitator at the taxi line enquired how many we were and put us right into the first taxi – to do so he took a lady out of it, she was already boarding!

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