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Category Archives: Train Fun

Pastries in Prague!

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A short distance travelling from Budapest (well six hours is peanuts in comparison to the Zagreb to Budapest journey!) and we had arrived at Praha Hlavni Nadrazi, a wonderfully modern station that is cleverly split over several levels. After dropping our bags off at the hostel and a much needed hot meal we set out our ‘site-seeing’ plans for the next few days.

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Budapest Beckons

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Being British, we’ve come to accept train delays as inevitable in one way or another, in particular on long journeys. The Zagreb to Budapest train was certainly one-of-a-kind the train crawled through the Croatian and Hungarian countryside on a baking hot afternoon. At one point near the border the train stopped and we were all told we’d be waiting at the station an hour, which wasn’t ideal but we all gathered we could use the fresh air and a cold drink. To our dismay though, our train started pulling away with the vast majority of our luggage on-board as we were queueing, only to reappear 20 minutes later with more carriages attached at one end! By the time we reached Budapest (significantly later than planned) our train had at least three times the number of carriages than it started with!

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Croatia Calls….

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We spent an afternoon walking in the sun at Ancona prior to our ferry across the Adriatic Sea that evening, sampling the last morsels of Italian Gelato(!), as well as the breath-taking Passetto Monument and cathedral in the town. By the time our ferry was about to depart though, the glorious sunshine from the afternoon had turned to dense, dark and very damp clouds as a thunderstorm brewed out at sea. Witnessing the lightning storm on the open sea was simultaneously terrifying and spectacular and needless to say not much sleep was had that night!

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Crossing the Italian border to Milan and Rome

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Early starts are never enjoyable, but the mountain views travelling through the Swiss/Italian border were a truly remarkable sight to behold (even through sleepy eyes on the 07.42 from Geneva to Milan).

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Our Travel Gurus reach Geneva

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It only took until Day 2 of our adventure to be reminded of home, in the form of a rail replacement bus service from Bellegarde to Geneva (well it was a Sunday afternoon after all!) The stunning scenic views traversing through the mountains between the French/Swiss border far outweighed any inconvenience in the extension to our journey time!

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Our Travel Gurus board the train to Paris to begin their European adventure

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Following several months of planning, packing and last minute panicking (tip: don’t leave packing until the last moment like we did), at 8.30am on Saturday 26th July 2014, Team Giggity (Chris and Mark), started a month long adventure that we are never going to forget!

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Best Books to Read Whilst Travelling

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Unplug your iPod and stop staring out the window. The great British commute is the perfect chance to catch up on your reading. Forget the books you’ve always meant to get around to, though, and ignore the opportunity to make yourself look all intellectual and stuff. We’ve picked some proper reads to transport you to a better place…

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Greatest Travel Playlist Ever!

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What’s your top tune to get out the door? Your best ever driving song? The music you have to listen to when the ‘plane takes off? We’ve trawled the redspottedhanky.com archives for some top tips, and compiled the greatest travel playlist in the history of transport. Here are a few of our faves. Thanks to all the music geeks and travel junkies who helped us out…

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The redspottedhanky.com Valentine’s Survival Guide for Singles!

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Valentine’s schmalentines. If you’re sick of cutesy e-cards and saccharine status updates, it’s time to fight back. Trouble is, it can be hard to find quick break destinations that aren’t going to be overrun by doe-eyed couples. Well, fear not – because we’ve put together a list of single friendly destinations for you. Room for one, please captain. We’re going on holiday!

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2014 Sporting Highlights

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2014 Sporting Highlights

2014’s set to be another great year for sport. Whether you’re travelling to the city to watch England’s 2014 World Cup effort get under way, or heading up to Leeds to get involved with Stage 1 of the Tour de France, redspottedhanky.com can help bring those costs down with winning discounts on everything from trains to hotel rooms!

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