Another day gone dark ……. the trip from Nice to Toulouse was scheduled to take 6 hours (10:24 – 16:36) by high-speed train, ended taking almost 12 hours.
The morning started on a positive note, with a good continental breakfast and great americano coffee – actually several americanos. The taxi ride to the train station was short, courteous and on time. So far so good. 30 minutes after arriving we noticed our train number and destination missing from the departure board. When we checked we found out our train was canceled due to a strike (apparently the union will shut down a line on a whim). So away we scramble (… and by ‘we’, I mean Gerda) to get new tickets. After 45 minutes we were finally rescheduled through Marseilles to Toulouse …. only 5 plus hours late – so much for touring Toulouse before supper.
That’s what I love about France, you can be on an adventure before you know it and without even trying!
The train trip ended up being a regional (3rd class) 2 hours to Marseilles, with a short 45 minute stopover followed by a 4 hour high-speed SNFC train to Toulouse 1st class but with minimum air conditioning! Despite the inconvenience and heat, we made it to Toulouse just before 22:00.
Our hotel Toulouse Mecure Wilson is very nice, roomy and comfortable. Best hotel yet in our stays. The service is very courteous and professional.
Guess I shouldn’t generalize about the french internet and hotels. The access and signin at Hotel Mecure are simple and fast – no loss of service so far.
Unfortunately we leave tomorrow and may end up going dark again until Paris – guess that’s another generalization, however we will be travelling by car through the Pyrenees for the next three days starting Saturday, Aug 29.
We just had to show this picture:
Best wishes to the RoughRiders from Europe.
Everyone has said the RoughRider’s games are theirs “to lose” …. well from Toulouse, France they say the “Riders are back!” ….. go get them Riders!
This weekend looks to be extremely busy, probably a good thing we leave Saturday, as there is a major Triathlon taking place on Sunday. The square where they were setting up today was packed and it’s only Friday!
Observation: One thing we’ve noticed is the name of bridges repeated in different cities. Both Toulouse and Paris have a “Pont Neuf” (pont = bridge). But it is quite logical when you have nine or more bridges you are quite likely to have one called neuf in each city (neuf = nine).
Tomorrow we kick-off the start of the end of our journey. A trip through the Pyrenees to the town of Tarbes for one night. Two nights in Biarritz on the Atlantic coast just above Spain, where we drop the car, then a 6 hour high-speed train to Paris where we end our tour de europe Sept 6.
Imagine – only 8 trip days left …………..
Almost time to do a location comparison – which is strictly subjective based on our experience at each major trip site. Excel on an android tablet doesn’t work well for this exercise, so it may be rough looking.