Like many young couples, as soon as we could afford it, we went to Europe. These were the days of Arthur Frommer’s Europe On $25 A Day, Rick Steves’ Europe Through The Back Door, and Eurail Passes were the way to get around.
Train travel was new and exciting for us, and for a few glorious weeks we were rootless vagabonds roaming the continent.
We could go to any train station, get on any train, and go anywhere. For two newbie travelers, the feeling of freedom was absolutely exhilarating. Of course, we hit the biggies: Paris, Rome, Madrid, and Vienna. And thanks to tips from Rick Steves, we visited a few charming, off-the-beaten path places like Hallstatt, Austria, and the Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera.
We returned to the US exhausted, but like giddy teenagers after the first date, we were smitten. This trip opened a door to the world that has never closed. So in a few days, we’re outta here (assuming Bárðarbunga doesn’t blow its top) – first stop Denmark. Our Macbook, iPads, and wifi will be our darts and maps, and whenever possible, we’ll be riding the rails. Our plan is to visit places we haven’t been, and we’ll keep you posted from the road. Hope you’ll follow along.
James and Terri
1. Kabelleger / David Gubler via Wikimedia Commons
2. AGC Glass Europe via Wikimedia Commons
3. Jean-Marc Rosier via Wikimedia Commons
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5. Courtesy of The Society of International Railway Travlers
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