InterRail Guide: Part Two – Paris to Milano
Since redspottedhanky.com is now a Rail Europe affiliate, we thought we’d give you some recommendations for making the most of your InterRail pass. Over the next three posts, we’ll be showing you how you can use a 22 day continuous Global Pass to get amongst it, continental style. Sit back, relax, and let our destination advice point you in the right direction.
The Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysees, Sacre Coeur, Montmartre – Paris is all about art, romance and sipping wine on crowded streets. Take in a day’s culture at the Louvre, home of the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo, come over all Woody Allen and take a stroll along the Seine at dusk. Then head to the Arc de Triomphe for some essential 21st Century history.
The superfast, super comfy TGV will take you straight to Bordeaux-St-Jean station.
Ancient, funky and full of fun, Bordeaux (literally “next to the waters”) is a multicultural masterpiece. No-one cares who you are, or where you’re from, as long as you’re having fun. Degustation (wine tasting) is top of the list by day – then head into Les Quais or La Victoire, where the beautiful old buildings of the city centre vibrate to the thump of many types of music by night.
You can take a direct line from Bordeaux-St-Jean to Nice Ville. This is a special journey, hugging the Mediterranean coast. We’d advise getting your camera ready for some really bloggable shots.
Palm trees, Mediterranean beaches and swanky hotels are only half of Nice. Once you’ve had your fill of playing at being a film star, head into the city for an unbeatable mix of modern energy and old town vibes. Walkers will love the Cliff Walk, which wraps around the Cap de Nice (careful – it’s steep!) and the best sunsets in France are found on the Promenade des Anglais. Take an evening wander then pop across the street to enjoy a pastis.
A nice straightforward journey, with a single change at Ventimiglia.
Trendsetting capital of the world, Milano has more style to the mile than anywhere else in Italy. It’s something of an architectural mongrel – old Milan got bombed heavily in WWII, and the modern city mixes evidence of its 2,500 years of history with some eye-watering new buildings. What it lacks in coherence, though, it makes up for in sheer pleasure. If you want to shop, bop and celeb-spot til you drop, you’ve come to the right town.
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