|[LJ2ME] Hurtling Across Italy
||[Sep. 6th, 2007|03:35 pm]
Our Eurostar journey got us into Paris for just gone five, after a fast dash across Kent and northern France. They even had nice tea.|
With about 3 hours to kill, we headed to Cite. After a brief wander, a cafe beaconed, and we enjoyed a beer looking at Notre Dame. It took us a little while to find Gare de Bercy on the map, but once we did, the metro seemed a sensible call.
We got there in plenty of time, but the departure board informed us (in French) that there'd probably be no restaurant on that nights train. So, we headed back to the road, and spied a general store tucked away up the pedestrian street that runs from by the station steps. We popped in, and bought sandwiches, crisps and beer :)
We had a 4 berth room, which was a 6 seater until the top bunks folded out. This proved a very nice setting for food, beer, cards and planning.
After a night where many but not all slept well, we got into Venice at half 9. It took a little while to collect the next tickets and drop off bags, but by half 10 we were having breakfast in a secluded cafe.
In the end, we spent the whole time just wandering around the city. Off the main few tourist routes, it's just wonderful to meander through. We also identified things to do on the return (when we'll have more time). All was good, even the weather was stunning until just before we left.
Right now, we're on a very shiny and new train, zooming across Italy. The views are often great, and the seats really comfy. Our only complaint is that the windows don't play nicely with our gps's :(