I have unfortunately neglected my journal for a full week now, so I may have some trouble filling in the gaps. It is Sunday and I am in Annecy, France with Kirsten. I managed to catch a good cold somehow, and although it really hasn’t kept me down, I’ve spent my spare time sleeping instead … Continue reading Journal Update
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
I can’t say I slept well that night. The clean, inexpensive room in Heidelberg lacked a window and it was very stuffy. Breakfast was the worst so far. Kirsten hated her hot chocolate, and the cream for the coffee was spoiled and made disgusting lumps in my cup. We checked out around 11:00 a.m. and … Continue reading Heidelberg, Germany
It was still as hot as hell in Europe (well over 30º C) everyday without a pause. It was Monday, and Kirsten and I decided to go to Heidelberg, Germany. We boarded an ICE (Inter-City-Express) train to get us as far as Karlsruhe, and it was wonderful. According to the literature, it travels twice as … Continue reading Heidelberg, Germany
The next morning we did the grocery store thing (9,0 SF) for breakfast, everything else being so dreadfully expensive. We ate in the train station using Kirsten’s new Swiss-Army fork-knife-spoon set, a gift from Cornelio. We ate yogurt, croissants, and apple juice, a fairly complete meal.
I arrived Zürich at about noon. Zürich was very expensive, and I had little idea what I wanted to see, if anything. I had earlier thought that I may spend the time doing a little bit of gift shopping for some of Switzerland’s fine merchandise, but I forgot I’d be arriving on a Sunday, so … Continue reading Zürich and Lugano, Switzerland
Breakfast this morning was good and plentiful, and I’ve been feeling much better since. I packed my things and headed back to the train station for the 10:40 a.m. train to Zürich. I have nothing interesting to report about the train ride except for the beautiful woman from Jordan who was sitting across from me … Continue reading Bregenz, Austria
I decided to disembark at Bregenz, a particularly good idea in retrospect. Bregenz is this pretty little resort town on the Bodensee, which didn’t even merit a mention (surprisingly) in Let’s Go Europe. It seemed like a good place to stop because I would not need to transfer at Munich, it was by a huge … Continue reading Bregenz, Austria
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.
This morning, Saturday, I got up a little before 6:00 a.m. and checked out of the hostel. The train I wanted left at 7:23 a.m. and it took me until 7:15 to get to the station, so I ended up with no time to change my funny-money back to D-marks. This trains serves good coffee … Continue reading Prague, Czech Republic
Stepping off the train in Prague was like stepping out of a time machine 15 or 20 years back in time. Or rather, it was a mosaic of old and new tiles pieced together somewhat haphazardly in a manner which is not too terribly pleasing. Until then, every train station I’d encountered had been ultra-modern … Continue reading Prague, Czech Republic
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 laid over here in Munich and I’ve been taking an impromptu walking tour of the city, which is compact and quite seeable in an afternoon without going too in-depth. I found a lively beer-garden near the town marketplace. The beer is “Münchner Hell”. A half-liter cost me 4,20 DM and it is delicious. The … Continue reading Munich, Germany
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
We ate breakfast Thursday morning and then said goodbye to our Canadian friends and Titti around 11:00 a.m., although the Canadians rode down the hill with us so they could see the zoo.
Kirsten pointed out that it was not hard to take a perfect picture in Mutters, and she was correct, generally speaking, except that we woke up on Wednesday morning to find it raining. We had Titti’s breakfast, where we were politely scolded if we didn’t eat enough. At breakfast we met Ed and Lydia, two … Continue reading Mutters, Tyrolia, Austria
I’m sitting here on the balcony from our room at Haus Wolf at Dorfstrasse 48 in the beautiful village of Mutters in the outskirts of and hills surrounding Innsbruck, Austria. This place is so wonderful that we haven’t even bothered to go into the city of Innsbruck since we arrived on the train a little … Continue reading Mutters, Tyrolia, Austria
Haus Wolf is listed as a best bargain both by Let’s Go and Frommer’s, and that’s about all the advertising she needs. The Stubaitalbahn (STB), the train into the hills from the city of Innsbruck, seems like extortion at almost 5 US$ for an 18-km round trip. But one can really appreciate the breath-taking views … Continue reading Mutters, Tyrolia, Austria
We checked out of the pension this morning around 10 a.m. and made it to the train in time for the 11 a.m. train to Innsbruck. The train is surprisingly empty and we had our own little set of seats, but not in a cabin, rather in the coach.
I’m now on the train towards Innsbruck, less than two hours away from Salzburg. It is 11:45 a.m.
A nice breakfast was served at Tauernhof, but there was no meat. The first stop on our day tour of Salzburg was the post office, where Kirsten mailed about a half-million postcards by airmail at about 80 cents (8,5 ATS) a whack. At that point I decided that only immediate family would receive postcards by … Continue reading Salzburg, Austria