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But the Eurostar soon bursts into the daylight again at up to 100 mph, and you're now in France.
You'll see the French terminal for the car-carrying trains away to your left.
As you settle into your seat, the brakes hiss off and the Eurostar very gently eases itself out of the magnificent arched trainshed of St Pancras International Station.
At this stage, the train is heading north, but almost immediately it makes a sharp right-hand turn past the huge steel gasometers that have been a familiar sight behind Kings Cross/St Pancras for years and which are now, believe it or not, listed structures.
Your Eurostar train passes through the middle of the terminal non-stop, and the train manager announces that you are about to enter the Channel Tunnel.
Passing through the Channel Tunnel takes just 20 minutes, and is something of an anti-climax.
The Eurostar now plunges back into a short tunnel for its own crossing underneath the Thames, emerging the other side in the county of Kent.
The tunnel is dark, so nothing to see, and no, you can't see the fishes...
Anything up to back-pack sized will fit on the overhead racks above your seat.
The train manager makes his announcement that your Eurostar train to Paris is about to leave, the door alarm sounds and the doors then hiss shut.
Now at last you're in green and pleasant rural Kent, with villages nestling at the foot of the chalky hills to the left.
A few Eurostars still call at Ashford International station, a major railway junction in east Kent, but most Eurostars now 'fly' over the town on a huge flyover, with the station way below you, the town centre to the left and the old Southern Railway Ashford works to your right.You bring your bags with you and put them on the luggage racks.Large racks near the entrance doors easily take large items.Around 8 minutes after leaving St Pancras, the Eurostar train emerges from the tunnel and starts crossing the wastelands of east London, past warehouses and run-down housing estates.