Posted by: lifeonislandtime | July 29, 2022

Trains, and trains, and trains…

We left Paris early and headed for Switzerland. One of the most remarkable things about Europe is the ubiquitousness of trains. For the most part, they are clean, quiet, and run on schedule.** From Paris, we whisked our way southward toward the alps at about 200 kilometers per hour. As we neared our destination, the trains got smaller and slower. We went from Paris to Basel, Switzerland on a double-decker train that was luxurious and had plenty of room for luggage, not to mention free and fast WiFi. The next train, from Basel to Zurich was smaller and had more stops. The final train of the day brought us into the actual alps and the resort town of Chur.

Chur has the same feel as Whistler. Lots of hikers and mountain bikers, luxury brands, cable cars into the mountains, and good food. We had calzones and dessert near the hotel and were pleasantly surprised by the friendliness of all those we came into contact with; a marked difference from Paris.

The next day saw us off on the Bernini Express, a world-heritage railway through the alps. The sights were breathtaking around each bend. Just like the Grand Canyon and Normandy, you have to see it to believe it.


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