We must have set a world record. We must have. I think it was actually more than 15 different types of trains, but I get a different number every time I try to count, even when I have the itinerary right in front of me.
My job is pretty fabulous because I get to talk about social media and Europe and trains all day, and those are three of my favorite things. This month I got to do more than just talk about them — I got to head out to Europe to ride the trains! Hate me yet? If not, don’t worry. I have pictures.
The goal of the trip was this: experience as many different types of trains and train companies as possible. We also met up with several representatives from our partner companies, and we enjoyed a few quick city tours of some of our customers’ favorite destinations. It was a blast but it was also without a doubt one of the most exhausting things I have ever done — and that’s including my whirlwind weeklong trip to Israel a couple years back.
I am still trying to wrap my head around everything we saw and experienced on this trip so that I can properly attend to a few follow-up projects at work, so for now I’ll share some of my favorite photos and train rides from that trip. We started in London and made our way through Brussels, Paris, Barcelona, Montpellier, Marseilles, Nice, Ventimiglia, Turin, Milan, Rome, Florence, Locarno, Bellinzona, St Moritz, Lucerne, and a variety of other small Swiss towns that I am still trying to differentiate from one another. My favorite part? Switzerland, by a landslide.
And for more about this trip, see the two blog posts I wrote for Rail Europe:
How to Make the Most of a Quick Trip Through Europe
72 Hours on the Scenic Swiss Travel System