Friday, 24 September 2010
I'm in the Netherlands!
We've had a fantastic day today exploring Utrecht - details and photos to follow when we get home. Meanwhile, a quick note on the journey, because it was fabulous.
I've always said that the Eurostar is more civilized than flying (less time checking in, less security malarkey, etc). But the Eurostar to the Netherlands was rather expensive, so I found another train-based route. Yesterday we took the train to London, thence to Harwich... and then an overnight ferry. This morning, more trains, as the ticket includes travel to any Dutch station.
You know how much I love boats so it's a bonus that we can do this, with the benefit of overnight journies in both directions, and still end up spending half of what the Eurostar would have cost us. The ship itself was lovely - we spent most of our time asleep in really comfy beds, but there were also several cafes and restaurant areas, as well as a free internet cafe. And the check-in procedure was even simpler and quicker than the Eurostar: simply turn up, show passports and tickets, and then meander along the gangway.
I hope to be back with some exciting stories shortly...