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