fast rails

fast train

Italian Frecciarossa high speed trains have quite the charm. Whether you ride first or second class, the experience is quite special. You know the saying, “don’t judge a book by it’s cover,” well in this case, please do because it will make your experience that much more grandiose. I remember riding the train from Rome to Florence and from Florence to Salerno, which allowed for enough leg room and a cute little table on which to write my thoughts. Looking out the window was a really treat but I only did that for about half an hour and then…

German speed trains, the ICEs, are precise. Let’s just say they are not forgiving to late comers from my experience. I have found them to arrive on the minute and depart at the exact time without any delays. I am not quite sure why the Germans have such hatred towards their very own trains (although I am told I may have been uncannily lucky so far re train punctuality). Ah to be German! The trains are super clean and the people are super quiet, which is why I am quickly fast …

Then there is the Thalys, oh this train, I had to save the best for last. From Cologne to Paris, on the fast train it takes only about 3 hours – reaching speeds of about 300km/h. It’s incredible. In first class, there is even catering. Depending on the time you travel you get breakfast or a meal and snacks. My breakfast was delicious – no comparison to airline food. And as always, anything to do with Germans, means incredible neatness. It’s simply an awesome experience even though, sad to report I was quickly …

What do all these fast trains have in common? Me being fast asleep, something I am quite known for. From high speed trains in Rome, Florence, Salerno, Paris and Cologne there is nothing quite like the luxurious experience of sleeping on fast European trains. Evidence below, and I am quite proud of the gallery :)

 

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