We have now arrived at the start of the Paris to Prague Rally. This has been quite a journey for me. I flew from Boston to London Heathrow Airport where I was met by Michael Eatough. From there we drove to Chantily, France for the start of the rally. As a civil engineer who often works on tunneling projects, I was interested in the tunnel between England and France. With this trip, we took the train under the English Channel. The picture below shows the approach to the train.
Approach to the Channel Train
The first opening in the train provide access to the second deck on the train, while the second opening is for the main deck. We were on the main deck, in fact we were the second car loaded onto the train.
The Euro Tunnel Train
The Approach to Entering The Train
Driving Through The Train
When you get to the designated parking area the cars are parked nose to tail and the doors between the train cars are closed. There are no seats available on the train. You can remain seated in your car or get out and walk about the train car. We got out of the car and talked to the other people who were in the train car. The people at the back of the car were motorcycle tourists heading into France.
The Rally Car Parking In the Euro Tunnel Train
The crossing takes about 30 minutes. The view is terrible, but the service and speed are great with the Eurotunnel . I would recommend this as a great way to get from England to France. After the crossing we continued to Chantily, France to the Auberg De Jeu De Paume where we were staying for the start of the Paris To Prague Rally.
There Is A Wonderful Turf Horse Racing Track In Chantily, France
The photos above and below show the grandstand building.
Entrance To The Grandstands
These Are Horse Stables
Nearby the horse stables is a chateau located on a pond. This is now a museum, but we did not have the time to tour through the building.
A Chateau On A Lake
A Bentley Preparing in the Paris To Prague Rally
The rally gets underway tomorrow and I will be posting some stories about the rally as the week goes by.
For more information about the Paris to Prague Rally, check out the Rally Round website at the following address: