Day 17: Getting To Chamonix-Mont-Blanc By Train Is Not For The Weak

This entry is part 24 of the series Twenty-two days by train in France

Getting from Lyon to Chamonix by train was no laughing matter, and today's anxiety attacks proved it. My excitement about getting up into the Alps was sky high (heh), but to get here required four different trains. Two of the transfers were less than 5 minutes each. I was nervous as hell about this, and … Continue reading Day 17: Getting To Chamonix-Mont-Blanc By Train Is Not For The Weak

Day 16: Wishing for Longer in Lyon

This entry is part 23 of the series Twenty-two days by train in France

I am in Lyon and it is gorgeous. And I'm visiting my old friend, the Rhône, once again. She is just as blue here as she is in Arles, much to my delight and surprise. It's unfortunate that I'm only here for one night. Lyon reminds of parts of Boston. The buildings are beautiful, with … Continue reading Day 16: Wishing for Longer in Lyon

Amboise and Rude Americans

This entry is part 10 of the series Twenty-two days by train in France

A friend suggested I make more of an effort to talk about my experiences and thoughts on local culture along with posting daily favorite photos. It's something I would like to do, but I struggled with this while in Amboise. Unfortunately, my thoughts on "local culture" in Amboise are somewhat neutral. I didn't have much … Continue reading Amboise and Rude Americans

Day 6: Being Lazy in Amboise

This entry is part 8 of the series Twenty-two days by train in France

Enjoyed a lovely breakfast with Travel Buddy before he left for London. The main topic of conversation? Sketching out a trip to Spain and Portugal for next year. Living in the moment is hard! 😂 I'm doing my best here, but it is REALLY hard to wander through Amboise early in the day and not get … Continue reading Day 6: Being Lazy in Amboise

Day 5: Chateau Amboise and Solo Travel Revelations

This entry is part 7 of the series Twenty-two days by train in France

Good grief, this town is unbelievably gorgeous. Favorite photos from today are below. I'm forcing myself to choose only ten per day. I'm sure I'll appreciate the culling after the trip is over. Plus, knowing I'm restricted in this way is helping me be more selective in the shots I take. Today, Travel Buddy and … Continue reading Day 5: Chateau Amboise and Solo Travel Revelations

The Arguing Old Couple. “Il est trés fou!”

This entry is part 5 of the series Twenty-two days by train in France

I'm at an Italian bistro for dinner. There is an older couple sitting next to me and they are having a heated conversation. I don't know enough French to really know what's going on, but she keeps exclaiming, "Il est trés fou! Il est incroyablement important que tu comprends ça!" (He is very crazy! It … Continue reading The Arguing Old Couple. “Il est trés fou!”

Days 1&2: Bordeaux, Sleep Deprivation, and the Case of the Missing Driver

This entry is part 3 of the series Twenty-two days by train in France

Day 1 was spent in transit. It is now day 2. I arrived safely in Paris. I left my house at 6 AM Pacific on Monday and arrived in Paris at 8 AM Central European on Tuesday. I didn't sleep at all on the plane. The train station inside Charles de Gaulle airport was easy … Continue reading Days 1&2: Bordeaux, Sleep Deprivation, and the Case of the Missing Driver

Back from France: Intro to Upcoming Series

This entry is part 2 of the series Twenty-two days by train in France

I am back from France. Details of the trip can be found here. It was, as promised, twenty-two days, all by train, covering nine different destinations. The weeks leading up to the trip were a mess of anxiety and emotion. I was unable to focus on anything other than simply holding it together; hence the … Continue reading Back from France: Intro to Upcoming Series