European Fast Trains

I have a HUGE list of things I would like to do at various parts of the globe; this week another one ticked off. :o)  Since hearing about the TGV in French class at school, I have always wanted to travel on a European super-fast train.  I therefore decided to go by train from Frankfurt all the way to Montpellier in the South of France.

Train Graffiti

Train Graffiti

I first caught the train from Frankfurt to Paris; then tackled the Paris Metro whose map at first glance looks like a bowl of coloured spaghetti :oS; and finally on the TGV from Paris to Montpellier.  I wondered what would happen at the border, but I discovered there is no need to show your passports once you have entered the European Union.

Super Fast Train from Frankfurt to Paris

Super Fast Train from Frankfurt to Paris

The trains inside were nothing special, but travelling ~1100km (~700miles) in 7.5 hours was pretty remarkable, especially after all the Asian train journeys.  The beautiful French countryside whizzed past.  One of the trains had a speedometer, so like a kid I watched with excitement as we exceeded 300 km/h.

Wow - 312 km/h

Wow - 312 km/h

I’m now basking in the glorious sun of the South of France at a campsite with my parents.

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