Okay, most of the scenery between London and Paris or Brussels isn't going to inspire a modern-day Edward Thomas, but the pleasure of using the magnificently restored station at St Pancras and the blissful ease of Eurostar makes it a great experience. Treat yourself to first class and enjoy champagne and a pretty respectable meal at 186mph.
Where Eurostar (08705 186186; www.eurostar.com)
How much £59-£309
How long Paris 2hrs 15m; Brussels 2hrs