I’m back in “Old Blighty” having just returned from three days at QVC France – more on that later.
I hope all’s well as can be expected. I managed to grab a very welcome week of sun away with my family in Portugal – not a single cloud to be seen, which was clearly not the case back home. We got regular rainfall updates from my Mum who was kindly looking after Toby and Ellie for us.
As I said last summer, they love spending time with her and her dog Pixie down on the coast.
It had been a while since I’ve holidayed in the Algarve and I’d forgotten how beautiful much of it’s coastline is. We found a stunning unspoilt beach and it reminded me a lot of a favoured beach of mine in Cornwall.
Last Wednesday after unpacking from Portugal, I jumped into a cab to St Pancras International Station, London – awaiting the Eurostar train to Paris and my travel companion, lovely Tina who looks after the thousands of on-air QVC guests here in the UK.
The reason for our trip wasn’t to see the football, although I still think my wife Tracey suspected it was!
In the UK, Tina arranges regular one-day Guest Excellence Workshops for all new on-air guests, co-hosted by Simon Biagi or less often myself. A few months back, Tina and Simon presented one at Chiswick Park and QVC France managers were present and asked if we could run two one-day workshops in Paris!
QVC France is the youngest member of our growing Q Family and Tina and I really enjoyed working with the guests and presenters. It also gave us the opportunity to catch up with colleagues from the UK who went over last year along with other Q folks from the U.S., Germany, Italy and Japan to set up the operation. Our hectic schedule meant there was no sightseeing or shopping opportunities, well after all it was a work trip.
Having never travelled on “Eurostar” before, I was very impressed with the whole journey. I must say St Pancras is a stunning station and an impressive first impression to the UK for visitors. I took along the neat Cabin-Sized suitcase of my set of 3 Heys Helios to Paris and the Medium and Large to Portugal. I’m not just saying it – these cases are superb – I believe we still have the black option in stock. As with all modern travel I had to walk a fair distance both at St Pancras Station and the previous week at Gatwick Airport and the wheels on all sizes made it a breeze, walking with them along side you with the telescopic handles up, rather than dragging behind – excellent!
Unfortunately, the trip meant that I missed the Grand Opening of The Charlie Bears Museum, that Will and Charlotte (Charlie) kindly invited me to. No doubt I’ll get an opportunity to meet up with them in beautiful Cornwall soon.
I don’t need much of an excuse to visit friends in one of my favourite counties!
Till next time … stay refreshed and well-travelled…