Thursday 15th August

I’m sitting at a table at Bar Pasticceria Caffè in the Milano Centrale railway station. It’s already a beautiful day and only 10am.

The flight from Hong Kong was half empty and left late (1.30am) due to the typhoon and it was a very bumpy take off and meal service while we took the long way around the weather. Standby was easy although they didn’t give us boarding passes until after midnight.
Dinner on board was average but breakfast was delicious.

I slept although it wasn’t very comfortable but then it was economy. What can you expect!
All in all I thought Cathay was excellent and the 777 was a great aeroplane.

We arrived about 30 minutes late and immigration was very cursory. No arrival cards and just a glance at our British passports. So glad we have those! We bought tickets on the express bus to Milano Centrale train station and here we are.

I booked us on the 11.35 train to Venice, arriving at 2.10 so we have some time to kill and people watching to be done.

Alan has gone to stand in a queue somewhere with the hope we can upgrade our Thello overnight train from Venice to Dijon tickets (on Sunday night) from 2nd class couchette (bunks in 6 berth) to a first class 2 person cabin. When I bought the tickets they said the train was full.

I have read some bad reviews of this night train but if an upgrade isn’t available we may try changing to a day train. They both go through Switzerland. Or if its all too hard we’ll stay with the horror that apparently is the Thello. We may be able to upgrade once on board.

Later that day….

Wow! When we emerged from the Venezia S. Lucia train station straight onto the Grand Canal we were stunned at the gorgeous sight. Just beautiful. I’ll try uploading some photos from my phone (from which I am blogging as I didn’t bring my laptop).

We bought tickets for vaporetto no.1 (waterbus) and jumped off at the fourth stop as advised by our hotel when I emailed them. The instructions were excellent and within a few minutes we were checked in and looking out our hotel room window onto the square where the Gondoliers park.



About khodges2013

Alan and I divide our time between our apartment in Christchurch, New Zealand, and our 11.5m Dutch Cruiser, Silver Fern, on the canals in France. We started out hiring and eventually bought our boat in 2014. The two summers lifestyle is wonderful and we feel very lucky!
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