Showing posts with label France. Show all posts
Showing posts with label France. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Europe: France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Italy, Vatican City, San Marino, Slovenia, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Andorra & Monaco 2011

Before I forget, I'm posting the summary of photo albums from my Europe trip last November 2011. We drove through Europe visiting France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Italy, Vatican City, San Marino, Slovenia, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. And I later took a train to Andorra and Monaco. Here are the photos from Eurpoe that have been uploaded to the Ivan About Town FB page.

November 8 - St. Gallen, Switzerland / Vaduz, Liechtenstein / Zürich, Switzerland
November 9 - Bern, Switzerland
November 10-11 - Florence, Italy
November 11 - Pisa, Italy
November 12 - Rome, Italy and Vatican City
November 13 - San Marino / Venice, Italy
November 14 - Ljubljana, Slovenia / Graz, Austria
November 15 - Budapest, Hungary / Bratislava, Slovakia
November 16 - Vienna, Austria
November 17 - Prague, Czech Republic
November 22 - Lourdes, France
November 23 - L'Hospitalet-près-l'Andorre, France
November 24 - Andorra la Vella, Andorra / Toulouse, France
November 25 - Monte Carlo, Monaco / Nice, France
November 27-December 2 - Paris, France
December 1 - Versailles, France
December 2 - Chantilly, France

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Europe: Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany & Netherlands 2010

Last year, I spent three weeks in Europe, visiting seven countries by train on a Eurail Pass namely Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and the Netherlands. I realized that I had not yet written about my trip. So in the meantime, here are photos from that equally memorable three weeks in Europe last year that have been uploaded to the Ivan About Town FB page.

June 17-21 - Porto & Douro Valley, Portugal
June 22 - Lisbon, Portugal
June 23 - Madrid, Spain
June 24-25 - Bordeaux, France
June 26 - Bruges & Brussels, Belgium
June 27 - Luxembourg
June 27-30 - Paris, France
June 28 - Provins, France
June 30 - Reims & Strasbourg, France
July 1 - Heidelberg, Germany
July 2 - Bremen, Germany
July 3 - Berlin & Potsdam, Germany
July 4-5 - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Thursday, June 24, 2010

France: Train strike! Stranded in Hendaye

I never thought I’d get affected by a train strike in France. We always hear about these strikes in the news. But since we’re thousands of miles away, it never really affected us.

I should be in Bordeaux by now. But unfortunately, I’m stuck in Hendaye, the first train station after the border between Spain and France.

Everything was going as planned. I left Madrid Chamartin at 10:30 p.m. and got off at Valladolid Campo Grande at 1:20 a.m. to change trains. Then I boarded the train for Hendaye at 1:54 a.m. It all worked like clockwork. Trains left on time and arrived on time.

We were scheduled to arrive in Hendaye at 7:10 a.m. where I was to change trains for Bordeaux. I was a bit groggy but I noticed we stopped moving at about 7 a.m. at Irun, the last station of Spain.

By 7:10 a.m., passengers were getting restless. Obviously, we all had trains to catch in Hendaye. Then came in one of the train staff announcing that the train could move no further and would not be able to proceed to Hendaye because of a train strike in France!

We were advised to get off and take a taxi to Hendaye which was nearby. The taxi cost was €11,50 which I got to share with three other passengers. We crossed the invisible border, so invisible in fact that I did not realize were already in France until the driver pointed to the Hendaye Station. So I’m stuck here in Hendaye, no train to Bordeaux, hoping to get on board a 2:10 p.m. provisional TGV to Paris that will pick up all the stranded passengers along the way.

Unfortunately, there are no buses. I had this wild idea since I saw an Avis car rental across the street. But there were no available cars. Crap! I’m really stuck!

Update: The TGV did arrive and I'm now in Bordeaux!
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