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En route to Annecy, France

En route to Annecy, France

— 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 relax. Annecy seemed like the place. It had a lake with public beaches and warm water, and the tourist office pointed us to a nice, centrally-located hotel called Hôtel du Nord, that included a shower and private W.
En route to Annecy, France

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 one about a train wreck which is the reason the train goes particularly slowly around a certain curve, and the reason there are two Basel train stations (one belongs to the German railroad).