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Nov 27, 2014, Thursday
Vive la différence    Frankfurt Naples
Nov 27, 2014, Thursday

Vive la différence

November 27, 2014   Thursday
Frankfurt   Naples

The overnight ferry ride to Naples on the SNAV Sardegna was fun. This ferry is big: 10 levels capable of carrying 1700 passengers, 575 cars, and 118 trailers.  It wasn't anywhere near full.

The cozy cabin, dated appointments, and formally-dressed male staff give the ferry a retro atmosphere. (I do wonder why there are no women on staff.)  Compared to a bus or a plane, the ferry is a nice way to travel.

We are now two hours from Naples, in Frankfurt, which is sort of the anti-Naples. Frankfurt's weather sucks, the regional train is wonderfully modern, and the train passengers sit quietly staring at their smartphones. 

In comparison , Naples is sunny and warm, the trains are crappy and old and filthy (like Naples), and the passengers are, well, Italians. Who thought these two could share a currency?

Nevertheless, vive la différence.

The ship is the SNAV Sardegna moored in Naples between trips to Palermo. The train is heading to Frankfurt and is all high-tech with LED lighting, flat screen readouts, and boring passengers focused on their screens. Behind me - not shown in other words - is an enclosed section for pregnant women and the elderly. Can you find Paul on the train? Hint: he is the only passenger not looking at his phone.

SNAV Sardegna      
Frankfurt subway