Trains 'n Taxis

October 3, 2015

 

 

     Oct 1 - 2.

 

The general principle (idea) is - Travel by land or sea and no going forward in planes. We can fly home and can fly back to where we left off.  Should be interesting.... I think wine was involved in the decision process.

 

Having downsized/moved home twice, in little more than a month, the travel began...

 

Oct 1.

0701 St Pancras to  Paris on Eurostar.

1020 Ah Paris, where the unlicenced taxi driver wants 60 euro for a 10 min taxi ride to the next rail station - that's 3 times the normal fare and 1/3 more that the price of the 1st Class rail fare to the Spanish border (6 hour journey).  He was treated to much laughter and a 'Get Lost..'

1220 Montparnasse, Paris to Spanish border on TGV high speed train. 1st Class might have been comfortable, but for the short French madam who took any leg room I attempted to use.

1820 Train Hotel overnight to Lisbon, Portugal.

 

Oct 2.

0700 Our arrival in Lisbon coincides with an Immigration/Police Operation at the station. All herded through a hall. One poor man, of Arabic origin, didn't make it through. No idea how that story concluded.

 

0800

Overdosed on trains, so taxi to Cascais Marina outside Lisbon. Join Yacht Emily Morgan, a classic 57ft Bowman. www.yachtemilymorgan.com 

Provisioning, briefing, then dinner in town.

 

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