Sunrise to sunset   
29 Oct 2022 29 Oct 2022     Arles, Como            L M S        
 
 
 
 
 

Today was a five-train day and the only thing that worried us, missing one of those connections, was not a worry.

The ride was pitch black on the 6:09 from Arles to Marseille, a beautiful sunrise on the 8:10 to Lyon, sunny skies on the 10:38 to Geneve, the sun set on the 13:39 to Milano, and then pitch black again on the 17:34 to Como. All were on time except the last which was 20' late, standing room only (in first class), and lacking any sort of stop announcements. The 2nd class Trenitalia from Geneve to Milano, the longest and most scenic stretch—mountains, vineyards, and pretty Swiss towns—felt more cramped than an airplane, with minimal legroom and little luggage space.

It was an exhausting day and I'm leaving out the embarrassing discovery I'd bought train tickets for the wrong date and the tale of how we lost our Como apartment keys which lead us to banging on the windows of the closed Carrefour market where we knew we'd left them. By the time we were settled into our apartment we were ready for a glass of wine. Or two.

 
 
 
 
Isola Bella seen from the train
 
Just for fun I'll crank up the shutter speed and shoot photographs from a moving train. The quality is iffy but why not. On the uncomfortable Geneve to Milan leg, as we passed through Stresa, I caught this photo of Isola Bella, an island in lake Maggiore.
 
 
 
 
Isola Bella seen from the train
 
Just for fun I'll crank up the shutter speed and shoot photographs from a moving train. The quality is iffy but why not. On the uncomfortable Geneve to Milan leg, as we passed through Stresa, I caught this photo of Isola Bella, an island in lake Maggiore.
 
 
 
 
Isola Bella seen from the train
 
Just for fun I'll crank up the shutter speed and shoot photographs from a moving train. The quality is iffy but why not. On the uncomfortable Geneve to Milan leg, as we passed through Stresa, I caught this photo of Isola Bella, an island in lake Maggiore.
 
 
 
Paul on the Lyon to Geneve train
 
Don't be mislead by this photo. The Lyon to Geneve train, an old train where first class features 6-seat compartments, was the only train that wasn't packed with passengers.
 
 
 
 
Paul on the Lyon to Geneve train
 
Don't be mislead by this photo. The Lyon to Geneve train, an old train where first class features 6-seat compartments, was the only train that wasn't packed with passengers.
 
 
 
 
Paul on the Lyon to Geneve train
 
Don't be mislead by this photo. The Lyon to Geneve train, an old train where first class features 6-seat compartments, was the only train that wasn't packed with passengers.
 
 
 
Milan Centrale
 
 
 
 
Milan Centrale
 
 
 
 
Milan Centrale
 
 
 
Waiting for track announcement, Milan Centrale
 
 
 
 
Waiting for track announcement, Milan Centrale
 
 
 
 
Waiting for track announcement, Milan Centrale