Here I am back at home again after a fabulous week away and what an adventure this has been. I would like to share some of my photos with you and hope that you will enjoy the journey too. For this holiday we decided to go to Lake Garda in Italy and do it all ... by train.
We went with a company called Treyn and they provide a Tour Manager who escorts the group the whole time... and her job is to ensure that all runs smoothly.
We went via the Euro Tunnel from the very elegant St Pancras station in London into Paris and then switched to the TGV towards Italy.
We arrived at Gare du Nord and then had to cross Paris to the Gare de Lyon and this part of the journey was to take place by coach .... but the coach did not turn up
Now if that was my job I would have been in a panic but Louise the TM ...stayed as cool as a cucumber, did some neat haggling with a taxi driver and managed a deal that took 26 people, in his large fleet of taxis across Paris in rush hour ... which is no mean task
This is a journey that can take up to an hour in all that traffic ... but those taxi drivers were fabulous.
They weaved in and out of other traffic ... used the bus lanes and got us all to Gare de Lyon with about seven minutes to spare....
Panic over ... medal to Louise !!
The scenery on the route was spectacular with white fluffy clouds covering the tops of the high mountains... as we sped past on a very fast train
This was the first nights stop in a pretty town called Chambery in France, with the beautiful snow covered Alps in the background.
We arrived late in the afternoon and just had time for a quick look around before going for dinner and this picture was taken looking down one of the tree lined roads on the way to the restaurant.
This time we go into Italy for our destination by the side of beautiful Lake Garda for a five night stay in a hotel by the waters edge.
More tomorrow ...