Tag Archives: Train Travel

Belfast Part 1: The train from Dublin and Exploring the City

River Lagan at dusk

This is the third in a series of posts about my December 2019/January 2020 trip to Dublin and Belfast. My last post, covering my three nights in Dublin, is available here. Note: this trip was taken before the COVID-19 pandemic, and thus may reflect a very different world than we… Read more »

One Unusual Day in Luxembourg and the Park Inn Luxembourg

This is the third in a much-delayed series covering my Labor Day (August-September 2019) trip to Paris and Luxembourg. My last post covered my hotel stays in Paris at the Intercontinental Paris Le Grand and the Mercure Paris Bastille Marais. I had a really nice few days in Paris, which… Read more »

Trains, Planes, and Automobiles (ok, bus, train, and vaporetto): Getting from Piran to Venice

This is the eighth in an eleven-part series covering my June/July 2019 trip to Slovenia and Venice. You can read my last post, discussing my time on the Slovenian Coast in Piran and Portoroz, here. I’ve never had a strong desire to visit Venice, and am wary of crowds, but… Read more »

Hotel Review: Doubletree Manchester – Piccadilly and Holiday Inn Manchester – City Centre

This is the third in a series about my August/September 2018 trip to Manchester, England and Scotland.  You can read a preview of the trip here. As a large city, there is no shortage of hotels in Manchester, with all the major international and European chains represented.  The city is super-walkable,… Read more »

Two Days in Gyeongju, Part 1: KTX and the Hilton Gyeongju

My original plan was to head South for three days, splitting them between Gyeongju and Busan, with one night in each. Gyeongju is a smaller city, filled with World Heritage sites as the former capital of the Silla Dynasty, about two hours south of Seoul by train. Busan is South… Read more »

Trip Report – Riding the French Rails: Of SNCF and RailEurope

We spent a total of nine days in France, split between Lyon in the Rhone Valley (central France), Montpellier in the South, and Paris. It was a lot of ground to cover in that time, and we purposely picked cities that had relatively short and cheap transportation connections. (We couldn’t… Read more »

Trip Report: Turku, Finland, and the Radisson Blu Marina Palace Review

Given the amount of time we had in Finland, we decided we wanted to spend some time in the country outside of Helsinki.  I generally enjoy exploring small to medium-sized cities, so narrowed it down to two options – Tampere and Turku.  Tampere is a little larger, and is a… Read more »

Trip Report: Train Travel – Rome to Florence and a Credit Card Lesson

Our flight touched down at Rome’s Fiumcino Airport a little early, and I was quickly off the train and onto the monorail to the main facility.  Immigration took quite a while, as a flight from Rio de Janeiro had just arrived and there were only two agents for non-EU citizens. … Read more »

Trip Report: Machu Picchu and PeruRail

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Getting to Machu Picchu is hard.  From Lima, it requires at least four modes of transportation  (unless you’re doing the Inca Trail, which is another kind of hard journey).  For us, that meant: fly to Cusco, taxi to Urubamba, taxi to Ollantayatambo train station, train to Aguas Calientes, bus up… Read more »