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Angela and Jen’s Journeys in Spain & Italy

Last stop, Madrid!

With our 10th city in sight we boarded the morning train from Granada to Madrid.  Renfe’s Altaria train covers this route with beautiful scenic views in just over 4 hours, including popular stops along the way, most notably Cordoba. Last stop, Madrid Atocha! This ultra modern train station has all the buzz and amenities one...
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Granada’s Mystical Alhambra

Departing from Seville, Renfe’s Medium Distance train transported us to Granada in about 3 hours. We enjoyed gorgeous landscape views along the way, where I was glued to the window most of the time. Stepping off the train, you start to see glimpses of the picture-perfect setting, where the city of Granada is nestled at...
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Southern Seville’s Alkazar

We took Renfe’s speedy AVE train from Valencia Joaquin Sorolla station to Seville Santa Justa station, which took approximately 4 hours. It’s fun to keep an eye on the digital display showing the train’s speed as you feel it smoothly race full speed ahead, as we actually saw it hit 300km/hr. With our Eurail Passes...
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Beach day and paella by the Mediterranean Sea

Leaving Barcelona Sants station we hopped on Renfe’s Alvia train using our handy Eurail Passes with seat reservations, destined for Valencia. This route runs along the coast so on this gorgeous sunny day the views were incredibly scenic with beaches and coastline rolling by, dotted with palm trees. In Preferente class we enjoyed spacious seats...
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Whimsical Barcelona: Picasso, Gaudi & much more!

It’s not every day that you can say you fell asleep in France and woke up in Spain! So we stepped off the Elipsos Trenhotel overnight train curious, excited and eager to explore Barcelona. First stop, Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel to drop off our luggage, where we got briefly distracted by their trendy rooftop terrace,...
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A day in Paris en route to Barcelona

We arrived in Paris on Thello’s overnight train* and after leaving our luggage at the station, hopped on the metro to where else but the Eiffel tower! With only a day in Paris we couldn’t have done it without the City Sightseeing tour bus. With frequent departures every 7 minutes to all the main attractions...
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Venice by day, Paris by morning

This is what traveling with a Eurail Global Pass is all about; wake up in one city and then spend the day in another! From Florence we hopped on Trenitalia’s Frecciargento train to Venice Santa Lucia. Seat reservations are necessary for this high speed route, complete with free Wi-Fi, refreshments and newspapers in first class....
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Chianti Classico experience in Tuscany

For two ladies who like our vino, a day in Chianti, Tuscany sounded almost too good to be true. In search of those picture-perfect Tuscan landscapes, we hopped on an early bus to Greve, which is located in the Chianti region. A one hour ride from downtown Florence brought us right to Castello di Verrazzano,...
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463 steps to the best view in Florence

Leaving La Spezia we took the train towards Florence with a quick train change over in Pisa. Here you can certainly stay for a visit to the leaning tower of Pisa, but with our tight schedule we headed straight to Florence’s main train station: Firenze Santa Maria Novella. After picking up a city map from...
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The sun shines on Cinque Terre

We left Rome bright and early, taking our first train journey of the trip from Roma Termini to La Spezia Centrale, which is 3 hours north. Departing at 6:57am this high speed Frecciabianca train was more direct than most other options as it didn’t require us to change trains in Pisa but note that a...
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