The low grey cloud which had been hanging over Paris for several days extended over northern France all the way to the coast.  The light was dim and flat and the countryside (seen from the window of a Eurostar train) was passing by at 150 miles per hour.  Not ideal conditions for photography as these photos show but they do give a flavour of the journey.

 

There are odd clues in the landscape that show you’re in northern France rather than southern England – wide open fields,  a slightly different shape of church spire or barn roof…

 

neatly spaced rows of poplar trees…

 

hedgerow trees but no hedges.

 

This view could be the English Midlands…

 

but not this one – there’s something about the way the unfenced road snakes across the cultivated hillside.

 

Here’s the last view before the tunnel – not France at its best.

Click on any photo for a closer view.  Distant features are more in focus than those nearby!