InterRail 2010 – Part 17: Venice

After visiting Rome, I headed straight to Venice.

It is a beautiful city filled with sights unlike anywhere else.

I didn’t spend too much time here, but I did stay for the night.

I mostly walked around looking at stuff, so it would be nice to return there someday with my girlfriend, so that we could try some of the more touristy things.

It would be cool to go on a gondola ride, and try out some of the nicer restaurants.

Like when I was in Paris, I think my enjoyment was somewhat hampered by being alone in a city of love.

I think I was also starting to tire out from the journey, at this last stop before heading home.


InterRail 2010 – Part 16: Rome

I arrived in Rome from Pisa late one evening, and promptly rented a room for my stay.

I started exploring Rome early the next morning, and left the day after that, so I had a full day of Rome goodness!

One of the first places I visited was the Colosseum.

It is much more central than most pictures would have you belive (much like Stonehenge), and it is constantly under refurbishment.

But besides that, and the massive line to get in, I’m glad I got to see it.

Since this was in October, I had seen a lot of talk on Facebook about how icy things were getting back in Norway.

And here I was, in Italy, enjoying ice cream in the sun.

One of my favorite parts of Rome was to visit the Castel Sant’Angelo.

It is such a massive cool old structure, constructed in 123–139 AD, and the insides now serve as a museum.

It is also one of the highest buildings in Rome, so you get a wonderful vista when you reach the top.

I also visited Vatican City, and stood in a giant line on St. Peter’s Square to get into St. Peter’s Basilica.

It was pretty there, but the line took several hours, circeling the square many times, making a vortex of people, and a lantern for beggars and scammers alike.

And at the front there were people trying to sneak past the entire hours-long queue, making the problem even worse for the people following the rules.

If you are religious, there are several sites in Rome much more worthy of a visit than this one.

Give the St. Peter’s Square a look, but don’t bother with the line.

I walked all over Rome that day, finding all sorts of beautiful architecture along the way.

I got back to my room at a very late hour, and spent one more night there.

Then the next day, I headed to Venice!


InterRail 2010 – Part 14: Brig

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After having a quick stop in Nancy, I left France for the mountainous vistas of Switzerland.

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I had a quick change of trains in Bern, but it was in the middle of the night, so I did not get to see anything there.

I was now in the latter half of the month, and wanted to get quickly down to Italy so that I would have time to explore before having to head back home.

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When I arrived in the small alpine town of Brig even later that night, it turned out that the next train to Italy would not get there before evening the next day, so I had no choice but to stay.

And I am glad I got that opportunity, because Brig is beautiful!

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I spent my day there relaxing, something that probably served me well before arriving in Italy.

After doing a bit of exploring and photography, I found a nice café where I sat down to eat and read for a while.

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As I was traveling with just a small backpack, I also had to find a place that could wash my dirty laundry.

I was given directions to some older women who ran a washery out of a cellar, and they took care of it for me.

This would be the last of three times I had to take care of that on my trip, having previously taken advantage of a laundromat in Amsterdam and hotel services in Newcastle.

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While I was there, I discovered where Santa spends his days during the off-season.

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I also found it a bit amusing the this workout studio’s mascot was a weird red-spotted cow.

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When my time there was drawing closer, I picked up my backpack from the hotel I had stayed at, picked up my washed and dried clothes, and got a last good look at the amazing view.

Then I hopped on a train headed to Italy.

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