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It is better to travel well than to arrive, at least, that’s how the saying goes.
The idea being that the journey itself should be an equal experience, form part of the memory, add some quality to the overall excursion, as much as the destination.
The Channel Tunnel (sometimes called the 'Chunnel', but usually only by Americans) is just like any other rail tunnel, only a bit longer.
As a precaution, the yellow fire safety doors between each pair of coaches are closed during the tunnel transit, but you can still pass through freely if you want.
To the right of the train as it crosses the viaduct, you'll see small boats moored on the muddy riverbanks far below you.
To the left of the train, over the top of the adjacent M2 motorway bridge, you can see Rochester Cathedral and Rochester Castle in the distance.
About 5 minutes after leaving St Pancras, you'll see a glimpse of daylight and the platforms of Stratford International station, only served by the domestic high-speed trains.
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.
You bring your bags with you and put them on the luggage racks.
Large racks near the entrance doors easily take large items.