Bernina Express and Zurich
Trip Start Aug 12, 2012
17Trip End Sep 26, 2012
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Thank goodness our ticket to Milan (or Milano as the Italians speaka da) was for the correct day and the trip was uneventful, that is as uneventful as any Groat passage could be. We left the train at Milan and sat for a while to get our bearings. I went to to a ticket machine and tried to find tickets. A tout came up and helped me navigate through the screens directing me to Torino, which luckily i rejected
Downstairs, using the lift, we found the ticket office had then usual long queue, but I was patient, after all we had 2 hours to kill. Finally I reached a very helpful official, who provided 2 single tickets to Tirano, which unlike the electronic tickets, were open bookings for any time.
We went up to the main station again to a pizzeria, where we ordered cups of tea and sneaked our home-made sandwiches out of the brown paper bag. Melien asked the time and I noticed that it was 1:54 pm. What a dill! We’d arrived at 11:30 not 1:30 as in my panic I had thought. We had time to catch the very train we thought we had missed! We moved quickly to the correct platform, loaded the baggage and settled back for a local train ride.
Tirano is a lovely little village in the foothills of the Alps and the journey to Tirano passes through some very pretty countryside
Not only was the village a picturesque spot, but also the hotel, in our opinion was one of the best we had stayed in. The room was spacious and modern, as was the bathroom. The people at the front desk extremely polite and helpful allowing us to store our luggage for the two hours until the train left the next day.
A lovely meal in the restaurant was only spoiled by the duck and the beef both being too rare to eat. We sent them back, but a little of the magic was lost at that point. Our train the next day left at 2:10 in the afternoon and that allowed a nice sleep-in, which we both appreciated after the hectic 5 hour previous day’s exercise. A quick miniature train ride around Tarino convicted us that nothing prior to 1700 existed here (a bit like Zurich turned out to be).
On the Bernina Express, panoramic windows and reasonable company plus the beautiful scenery kept us entertained all the way to Chur, our last stop on that line
Tired, but hungry, we dropped our luggage in the room and bought food at the hotel restaurant. Big mistake! 118 Swiss Francs for a burger and a sandwich (plus beer and wine) seemed a bit of a bad cop. Never mind, a good sleep would clear away the pain.
The next day we rehearsed our walk for the next train journey, bought some lunch and took a tour of Zurich, the lake and the cable car ride. Show the pictures, Mr Magic Man!
The next few days we stay with our friends. More about that later. In the meantime, I’ll say goodnight to those in Australia and good afternoon to our UK and German friends.