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July 11th, 2006
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Honeymoon planning
In happier news, I have been plotting our honeymoon. We are off to Italy, as it seems to have a large percentage of Europe's mountains, sea and culture, to spend five days in Venice and five days in Rome. I've been to Venice before, (only very briefly as part of the my epic Eurorail adventure), and M's been to Rome, so it should be fairly low stress - a nice balence between exciting new places and comforting familiarity.

We are taking the train! so once I am over my fear of long dark tunnels under vast amounts of water it will be very shiney indeed. It's very exciting, you catch the train at 8pm in Paris, and when you wake up you're on the other side of the continent. Although I don't think it's typical to spend the first night of your honeymoon in bunks. The train is all booked, now all we need is to find somewhere to stay...

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From:miss_next
Date:July 11th, 2006 10:40 am (UTC)
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That sounds wonderful. :-) Have a great time!
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From:wellinghall
Date:July 11th, 2006 10:51 am (UTC)
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Hope you have a good time. When are you going?
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From:atreic
Date:July 11th, 2006 10:56 am (UTC)
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September 3rd - September 15th :-)

Err, unless you're a burglar trying to find out when our house is empty.
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From:wellinghall
Date:July 11th, 2006 11:39 am (UTC)
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You're safe - that almost exactly coincides with our trip to Orkney.

BTW, I'm a friend (RL and LJ) of emperor's, although I don't think we've met before.
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From:atreic
Date:July 11th, 2006 11:40 am (UTC)
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Pleased to meet you :-)

I have braved one Oxenmoot, but I can never match LJ's to people...
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From:wellinghall
Date:July 11th, 2006 12:10 pm (UTC)
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I do at least have the benefit of having seen your wedding photos - I'm afraid to say I don't remember you, though :-(
From:Dave Holland [org.uk]
Date:July 11th, 2006 11:25 am (UTC)
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I am jealous that you went Eurorailing. Presumably that was in a year out? I went and got a job instead.

The Eurostar is great. You're only "underwater" for about half an hour so don't panic!
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From:samholloway
Date:July 11th, 2006 11:33 am (UTC)
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Sounds fantastic. Alison and I visited Venice in May; she'd been (twice) before, but it was my first time there. I thoroughly enjoyed it. (We'd strongly recommend the hotel we stayed in - shout if you'd like more details of that or any other recent Venice tips!) Italy's a lovely place, and the food is great.
From:mtbc100
Date:July 11th, 2006 02:23 pm (UTC)
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Have you done chunnel Eurostar before? It's really very unremarkable, if that helps, from a passenger POV, and they've had clever thoughts about emergencies.

-- Mark
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From:atreic
Date:July 11th, 2006 04:09 pm (UTC)
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No, never. I'm sure I'll be too excited to be nervous when I'm actually doing it. I suppose it's odd because it's clearly a thing that happened in my lifetime - I remember them building it, I remember the jokes that it would never be completed etc. Maybe people only think it's natural to do the things they can always remember people doing.
From:mtbc100
Date:July 12th, 2006 01:53 am (UTC)
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I'm quite alarmed enough at how much I Google things, etc. now. It's quite different to how I was without the WWW handy, but it feels so natural.
From:sain_bano
Date:July 11th, 2006 03:31 pm (UTC)
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Although I don't think it's typical to spend the first night of your honeymoon in bunks.


We spent most of our honeymoon in sleeping bag accomodation in hostels so don't get hung up about it :) I'm pleased you finally got settled on what cities you are visiting.
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From:rochvelleth
Date:July 11th, 2006 05:09 pm (UTC)
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Wow, that sounds lovely. I hope you have a fantastic time! Do either of you speak any Italian? I was planning to go to Sorrento in September at some point and wibbling over my lack of tourist Italian.

Train sounds exciting too. Would you mind passing on the name/website of the company you're travelling with? I'd quite like a train holiday :)
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From:toothycat
Date:July 11th, 2006 05:44 pm (UTC)
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Sounds excellent - I hope it is a honeymoon to remember for all the right reasons ^^
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From:the_elyan
Date:July 11th, 2006 06:19 pm (UTC)
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Went to both cities earlier this year, and thoroughly enjoyed them in different ways.

I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time...
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From:meirion
Date:July 12th, 2006 12:41 pm (UTC)
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hrmmm, i travelled to rome from nice on a night train like that last year, and there was a honeymooning couple in the top two bunks, and an irascible swearing dutchman in the bunk above mine. didn't sleep a wink all night.

barbara chamier also travelled to rome via the night train (from paris) and had at least as miserable time of it as i did.

of course, if you find it easy to nod off anywhere you won't have any trouble. but if you have the slightest tendency to insomnia it may be a long and miserable night.

-m-
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From:atreic
Date:July 12th, 2006 12:49 pm (UTC)
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It's OK, we have a carriage for 2 instead of a shared one.

And who said we were planning to sleep? ;-)
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From:atreic
Date:July 12th, 2006 12:56 pm (UTC)
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(seriously, I've taken the night train from Calcutta to Delhi, and the cheapest couchette carriage possible from Prague to Stary Smokavic so I know my own likes and dislikes when it comes to travel)
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From:pavanne
Date:July 12th, 2006 01:03 pm (UTC)
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I went to Rome like that! It was perfectly comfortable and quite private enough for, well, couple stuff, but the train there was 4 hours late when we woke up in the morning.

Have a good time.
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From:ixwin
Date:July 12th, 2006 07:36 pm (UTC)
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We took both those trains on our honeymoon! Definitely a good way to travel.

We were able to get a double-bed cabin on the Paris-Venice route, but my brief googling suggests that's now only running on the Rome-Milan and Rome-Naples routes.
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From:ixwin
Date:July 12th, 2006 08:24 pm (UTC)
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Or maybe it is still available...
http://www.raileurope.co.uk/trade/railservices/artesia/index.asp#

Not that it matters if you're already booked, but it was really special, so you could always change your mind if you thought it was worth paying the extra.
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From:atreic
Date:July 12th, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC)
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We were really limited on when we could go away - I'm tutoring the day before we go, and Oxenmoot is the day after we get back. When we booked, the very helpful young man assured us we had the best cabins on the train we had to get.

I must confess, we're going first class on Eurostar, so we are spoiling ourselves :-)

(Apologies for copying your honeymoon - I assure you it was accidental!)
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From:ixwin
Date:July 13th, 2006 11:36 am (UTC)
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Well we did Paris + Venice rather than Venice + Rome so it's not exactly the same. And it's not as if I'd mind even if you had copied us :)
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From:half_of_monty
Date:July 29th, 2006 10:27 am (UTC)
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Yay, me and duncan took the train to Italy in the Spring. Welcome to the wonderful world of European night trains! I think we took the same train actually, so you may be interested to know that breakfast is only available till 9am. Mind you if you're in a classy compartment they have individual kitchens and the carriage guard serves you coffee. I think. We weren't in a classy compartment. You should try the couchettes on a less romantic occasion - amazingly cheap (supplement of, like, 10 euros on the ticket cost) comfy and fun. Why don't they offer them on British night trains? Anyway yes European sleeper trains whitter whitter whitter. I'll go away now.
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From:half_of_monty
Date:July 29th, 2006 10:28 am (UTC)
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Oh and don't oversleep - you wake up trundelling through Tuscany! Gorgeous! And don't forget to stock up on the bon vin in Paris!
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