From Cannes to Turin via the scenic Tende line

The next part of our trip would be in northern Italy, but of course we first had to get there. As our first planned stop was Turin we had two options to travel there, either we used the mainline routes via Genoa (but train traffic might still have been disturbed by the collapse of the…

A day in Monaco

As we were staying in Cannes, located at the Côte d’Azur, it was a no-brainer that we had to visit Monaco. It has always been a place I wished to visit, the playground of the rich. We took a train from the small station of Cannes La Bocca, located close to our hotel, which surprisingly…

Holiday Inn Cannes

For our few days at the Côte d’Azur we elected to stay in the Holiday Inn of Cannes. It is located outside of the town centre near the Cannes La Bocca railway station. The area around the hotel is mostly residential with very few restaurants and shops close by, you can walk to the town…

Tracking down the Côte d’Azur

To get to my next stop of this great rail adventure, Cannes, I found myself once again in the Montpellier Saint-Roch station in the morning. While the circulation area above the tracks is nice and modern, the platform area feels very cavernous and subterranean and is not the nicest area too wait for our train…

A day out to Carcassonne

Go to Carcassonne, they said, you´ll like it, it´s beautiful they said, so I did. We left Montpellier at 9:00 with a TGV bound for Toulouse, this one was operated by a freshly rebranded Inoui set. Inoui is the new brand SNCF is introducing to replace the well-known TGV brand, a lot of critics think…

Crowne Plaza Montpellier

After arriving from Toulouse I walked to the hotel from the station, my first view of the hotel was one of amazement, such a modern building right next to the historic city centre. Upon check-in I told the clerk behind the desk that I had 2 separate reservations at which he replied that that was…

From Toulouse to discovering Montpellier

After my day at the Aeroscopia museum, I headed onwards towards Montpellier, my next stop on this itinerary. As it was a beautiful day I decided to take a walk to the Toulouse-Matabiau station from the Crowne Plaza Toulouse hotel. To get to Montpellier I travelled on local “TER” trains. The first TER took me…

Let’s visit Airbus and Aeroscopia

The main reason we wanted to visit Toulouse was to do a factory tour of the Airbus plant and the adjoining aviation museum. After our experience in Seattle of Boeing´s museum of flight, I was really curious about how the European counterpart would be like. To get to the Museum, located next to the Airport,…