A Travellerspoint blog

Trains and boats

A country in a day

Today was a fun trip of trains and boats around the country. Took the Lutry train to Luasanne, then on to Zurich, 2 hours. Walked down the main street and straight onto a lake Zurich ferry. Had a lunch and wine whilst sailing the lake. Back to the station and onto a train to Bern. Stepped off and saw the train next to us leaving for Thun, which I'd heard of before, so jumped on that and arrived half hour later. As we arrived, we saw a ferry about to leave down Lake Thun, so jumped on that and had a beautiful half hour cruise to Spiez. An hour walk around there, then on another train to Brig, which took us through amazing valleys and mountains, glaciers and tunnels. The Brig train took us back to Montreux. All this was first class tickets and basically free, as we had a spare day on our eurail pass. What a bonus!

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Switzerland

Lutry

The train from Paris to Lausanne only took 3.5 hours, but to such a completely different landscape. Spectacular! We are staying at a little village called Lutry, near Lausanne on Lake Geneva. Its is just gorgeous. Ancient streets and buildings with the lake and Alps as a backdrop. Our hotel is very stylish and newly fitted out, but in a very ancient building. We had a great seafood dinner on the shore of the lake - succulent perch and prawns. Today we have taken a 2 hour ferry ride across the lake to Montreux - home of the big Jazz festival. Will try again to upload pics - no success so far.

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A bit more of Paris

Highlights have included the Musée D'Orsay, (might have the best art in the world), the Palace of Versailles (might be the most opulent place in the world), the Bastille canal (Jim found his little bit of heaven with plentiful boats, even at an inland city), many great eating places. Too many homeless people, too many women with long legs and pouts, too many tourists ( but we were part of that problem) lots of smart cars, lots of step-through bikes, lots of metros.

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More Paris

and a birthday

on Friday morning, Jim woke up a year older. We had a very pleasant day, wandering around the local streets, lunch at Cafe Hugo at the Place des Vosges and a yummy Japanese tea. Had a late evening stroll around the gardens below the Tour Eiffel. It`s not every day you turn 50, so rather special to be able to spend it this way.

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Paris

London to Paris only takes just over 2 hours on the train, so even though I have a few issues (lots) about traveling under water, I have to admit it was a good way to get there. We got off to a slow start, With a miserable cold each, and a dodgey hotel. But managed to rectify the latter after one hot un-airconditioned night. Paris temperatures are still sitting around 30 degrees, so hotel number 2 was a great improvement.

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