Let me tell you a bit about the Eurail Global Pass we bought before leaving the States. It might be the best purchase we made for this trip; I think we paid just under $800 each for UNLIMITED rail travel all throughout Europe and the UK for 3 months. Eurail boasts over 40,000 destinations that qualify for travel under the Global Pass we have. It’s simple; find a destination you want, plug in the date and time you want to depart and “save the Journey.” Then toggle the ticket to the “on” position – and show it to the conductor when he comes to scan and you’re home free.
We never would have been able to visit all the places we’ve seen so far – let alone the places we’ve planned for the rest of the trip. Above is a quick Google Earth view of where we’ve been and where we’re yet to go. All total it will be well over 7,500 miles of travel; and that doesn’t include all the shorter “day trips” we’ve taken!
Now a little about nice
When we first arrived, we were tired after about 8 hours on the train (it’s actually much more than just time, as we had to make 2 transfers for a total of 3 train legs) . . . and then we had to haul our luggage about a mile and a half to the AirBnB where we were staying. At first glance, Nice didn’t look very nice. Our apartment was in a pretty run-down urban neighborhood, and the last 1/4 mile included uphill finishing with 65 (I counted them!) steps I had to carry up our rolling “backpacks,” in addition to the regular backpack I was wearing. To Sherry’s credit, she also carried up a suitcase in addition to her own backpack. You have to read Sherry’s account of this part of the stay!