I love taking trains! Maybe not as much as Sheldon (BBT reference), but I still think it’s such a fun way to travel. Luckily Switzerland seems to share my option. The train system in the country is fantastic! After deciding to take a last minute day trip to Lucerne, we booked some super saver tickets. You can only book these on the app or online so it’s a good idea to check there first. Unlike normal tickets, you’re locked in to a specific train but get a really good deal. You can find more information on the SBB website.
I left Paris and hopped on my Air France flight to Zurich (still a part of my points ticket) and I got a chance to visit the Air France lounge for Schengen flights. Unfortunately it was far away from my gate since the one closest to my gate was under construction. The lounge was still a nice place to relax before the relatively short flight. There were lots of drink options, including bottles of Evian, wine, and liquor, and a decent selection of food and snacks. My flight was nothing too special, due to the short duration and the fact that “European Business Class” is just regular seats with the middle blocked out.
After a short hop from Paris, I arrived in Zurich slightly before my friend, who was coming from a connecting flight in Amsterdam. There was some crazy weather and most of the flights that day had been cancelled, except for hers luckily! I tried to meet her at the gate, but the plane ended up being diverted to the auxilary gates with a bus ride to the terminal. We ended up meeting at baggage claim to pick up her luggage. Of course, she made the flight but sadly her bag did not, due to a super tight connection. After filing the appropriate paperwork, we were off to Zurich. Continue reading →
As I mentioned previously, I’ve been to Paris many times, but it had been a while since I spent more than a day there. I ended up having the equivalent of three full days there (midday Monday to midday on Thursday) and I tried to fit in as much as possible. Much of my time was spent running around between monuments, and finding delicious vegan restaurants to try.
Although Paris has a pretty decent metro system, I decided to walk most places. I always enjoy walking around a city if I can since it gives me a much better sense of the city, and sometimes you stumble upon fun surprises. Luckily the weather cooperated and although it wasn’t sunny, the overcast sky gave the city a cozy mood.