October 23, 2009

Europe Train Experiences!

Posted in English, Places, Reflections at 11:23 pm by Rou...

When we took the decision of making our trip including both France and Italy, I was so much excited about the idea of travelling across Europe via train; of the idea of seeing all this greenery and charming nature of Europe…
 
I have experienced 2 extremes train trips, both very interesting though…
 
Since we had a very tight schedule and couldn’t afford losing time in reserving tickets when we arrive, so we chose to reserve our train tickets from Paris to Venice and from Venice to Rome through a famous Travel Agency in Egypt that had branches worldwide… and to make things more convenient since we knew our 3 days in Paris were going to be extremely exhausting, so we chose to reserve a 3-beds cabinet for the 13 hours trip to Venice… while for the 5 hours trip to Rome, we reserved normal seats…
 
And so we arrived Paris having everything well planned and doing nothing in the 3 days except running from one place to another, and enjoying every single minute, only to arrive to the train station by the end of the third day almost dead from exhaustion, seeking nothing more than a long deep sleep…
 
But, how naïve our thinking was…
 
Because, sadly, we ended up spending one of the worst nights we could ever think of… as the cabinet we were seeking was like a small jail, with about 2 meters length, and less than 2 meters width… with 3 beds above each others filling almost 2 thirds of the room with a very small distance separating each, that makes it impossible for anyone to sit on the bed without having her head hit in the edge of the bed above… and what made things worse, is that the third bed was almost impossible to reach, and was so close to the roof of the cabinet with lights directly above it, making it similar to a grave, more than a bed…
 
So, we ended up, exchanging the other 2 usable beds and the floor, and then, later on, sharing the beds until in some way or another the night passed safely…
 
Even though this was one of the toughest nights ever, but deep inside I know that the memory of it will remain forever, and the laughters we shared that day will stay as an unforgettable mark of this trip to the 3 of us…
On the other hand, my second encounter with trains in this trip was, believe it or not, awesome… the ride from Venice to Rome was unbelievably beautiful, with very comfortable seats, and an amazing sunrise scene through the breathtaking greenery of the Italian countryside, making the 5 hours pass as if they were 5 minutes…
What I couldn’t really understand was the 180 degree difference between the 2 trains… and how can a seat be more comfortable than a cabinet with beds…
 
So, in all cases, I ended up with many lessons learned from this trip, one of which was, never to reserve a train ticket online, or through an agency… you can always have time to do it yourself when you reach your destination…
 
That was for the train experiences… As for Venice, Rome, and the Vatican… that’s in other posts… 🙂
 
Rou…
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