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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).
En route to Bregenz

En route to Bregenz

— 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 They were planning night trains for the rest of their trip because both of Lisa’s credit cards were no longer valid; one because she entered the wrong PIN at the ATM, the other because she used her mother’s card, which is a big no-no in most places (although I’ve personally yet to have anyone check).
First use of our Eurail passes, Paris to Vienna in one day

First use of our Eurail passes, Paris to Vienna in one day

— 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 to the station, Kirsten did not bring her ticket. In any event, we found seats in a six-person cabin in the smoking section, yet somehow we made the 13.