Seismic Sheffield

How very amazing – not only does the Queen mention Sheffield, but she informs us that “Today Sheffield is closer to Paris”. Bloody Hell. You’d think we’d have noticed a seismic shift that major.

Actually, it is fairly seismic for those of us who live here. After years of the Sheffield – St Pancras line aiming to set new records for slow journeys to London (it was quicker – but sadly more expensive – to travel via Doncaster), we are promised an improved service. Then the transformation of St Pancras, once the forgotten station of London, is completed. Suddenly Europe seems tantalisingly close.

For me, first up is a weekend in Lille and a return visit to the famous chocolaterie Meert. Can’t wait.

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