auntieannie - One more question: Is the link you gave from Rail-Europe the best way to book tickets? I see a TGV sign at the bottom....can I not book direct ? In the past I have booked tickets directly online with the DBahn, the German trains, who posted the tickets to me here in South Africa. Many thanks for any help!
I typed in "Italian Rail Network" in the search box - got straight through to RailEurope ! This was for tickets from Venice - Paris.
I have a number of choices and talking first class here: either an overnight in a 4 berth direct to Bercy or a day/night trip with a change in Milan around 3pm before arriving around 11pm at Gare de Lyon.
I've never been able to sleep really well on trains, and like K2 I like to see the scenery. But it depends on your choice, tod! I'd trust K2 about booking via the individual companies. Knowing their names makes it easier.
Dans les grandes choses, les hommes se montrent comme il leur convient de se montrer; dans les petites, ils se montrent comme ils sont.
Day time travel is my first choice even if it means changing trains in Milan - the downside I feel is getting into Paris near to midnight and then having to still get a taxi to go way across town to Esplanade la Defense and check in. If I'm not happy with the floor or room they have given us I will be too tired to argue the toss. I guess seeing we will be their for 2 weeks means we could shunt around at some stage I guess......
Thank you Kerouac for pointing me in the right direction! I can see clearly now
Yes, the Man in Seat 61 is the great authority on train travel and has fabulous how-to instructions for everywhere. The only person with vaster knowledge of trains around the world was the legendary Ben Haines, who could tell people from which snack vendor to buy honey-dipped roaches at the Mandalay train station (or it least it seemed like he could).