We’re in Paris at the gate for our connecting flight to Montpellier. The security line was long here, but it went smoothly. The security agents were cool about the fact that I’d left my computer in my backpack. At home I probably would have been read my rights. Speaking of home, it was easy to … Continue reading To my fellow countrymen: Who lives in a police state?
Annecy has been perfect so far. The weather has been just about right, with a little rain and milder temperatures.
We caught the first southbound train in the morning after breakfast. Getting to Annecy from Geneva still involved two connections: one in Chambéry, the other in Aix-les-Bains. When we finally got to Annecy in the mid-afternoon, Kirsten and I were both ready to find a place where we could just crash for several days and … Continue reading En route to Annecy, France
We took a train to Karlsruhe in the mid-afternoon and caught another ICE train to Basel, Switzerland. On board we met an older couple, the husband of which was a model railroad enthusiast who just loved the on-board information screens on the ICE. He told us some stories about the train we were on, including … Continue reading En route to Annecy, France
Three Mormon girls (they volunteered the information) boarded the train at Munich and sat in the same little seat section with me. They are students at Brigham & Young University in Utah, with names of Lisa, Julie, and Camille. They were planning night trains for the rest of their trip because both of Lisa’s credit … Continue reading En route to Bregenz
I’m still on the train. I think I may go to Bregenz instead. This train goes there and it will be considerably closer to Zürich than Innsbruck. Let’s Go has exactly nothing to say about Bregenz, so all I know is that it is a stop on this train and it’s in Austria. I talked … Continue reading En route to Bregenz
I just found out that the reason this train is an hour behind schedule is because the train hit and killed an old man on a bicycle at a level crossing just outside of Prague.
The train to Prague was on Czech rolling stock which was old looking. All the signs were in Czech first, then Russian, German, French, and sometimes Italian and English. I was in a closed compartment with just one other gentleman who spoke no word of English, but I politely chatted in German, which he also … Continue reading En route to Prague
The train to Nuernberg was notably uneventful. It was a smooth ride at night on a clean, comfortable German IR (Inter-Regional) train. It was practically empty, so my reservation money was completely wasted (3,5 DM). I saw Nuernberg from the the inside of an empty train station at 12:15 a.m. — pretty boring.
I’m now on the train to Munich. I’m almost at the German border, and no one has bothered to ask me for my ticket. The system on these international trains is interesting. When a train crosses an national border, a whole new crew will board the train from that country’s national railroad. Furthermore, they stop … Continue reading En route to Munich
I haven’t written anything down for about four days now, so I have some catching up to do. I am westbound on IC train 566 from Vienna to Salzburg. (Actually at St. Pölters Hbf.) These IC trains are not nearly as nice as the EC trains like the one we rode on Friday. The woman … Continue reading Journal Update
Friday morning we actually, really, truly, honestly got up at 6 a.m. We checked out of the hotel and took the RER and Metro to Gare de l’Est. We had our Eurail passes validated and found out we were too late to make reservations, which we tried to do on Thursday, but when we went … Continue reading First use of our Eurail passes, Paris to Vienna in one day