Train enthusiast Jeroen shares with Trip By Trip his experience with night trains in Spain and Portugal. In this first blogpost, he explains where his love for night trains comes from.
Welcome, 2019. A special year. Fifty years ago, in June 1969, patrons of The Stonewall Inn in New York grew tired of yet another raid by the police. Gay, lesbians, bisexuals and mostly: transgenders, transvestites and dragqueens fought back. Those were the Stonewall Riots.
The train is not just for commuting, it can also be a travel destination or a tourist attraction in its own right. Spain offers more ‘destination trains’ you would think. Destination trains are trains you book for the experience, not to travel from A to B.
Planning a big rail trip is a cumbersome process, it all starts with finding inspiration about where to go.
Sorry not sorry, I just can’t resist a railway museum. So when Danny told me to try out the Museo del Ferrocarril de Madrid Delicias, I did.
Tim and I were five days in Madrid. Obviously we had to eat. So we used TripAdvisor and personal recommendations to find nice places to eat. Or we just wandered te streets.
When in Madrid, it’s very tempting to organise a day-trip to the old capital of Spain, Toledo. You should.
Surprise! I don’t always choose an expensive five-star hotel. On holiday in Madrid with Tim, I stayed at Sleep’n Atocha (Doctor Drumen 4). As you can guess, it’s near Madrid Puerta de Atocha railway station.
On Wednesday 18 April I flew with Brussels Airlines SN3721 from Brussels Airport in Belgium to Aeropuerto Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas in Spain. I flew back on Sunday 22 April with SN3728.
As I am preparing for a city trip to Madrid in Spain, what do I take along in my hand luggage?