EuroCity Train Curtains

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    You never know, or at least I never knew, what exactly you're going to find inside when you climb into a European rail car. There are so many different types of cars, some sleek and modern and some that can only be described as quaint. I think my first leg to Paris was the only train I used in Europe with old-school fabric curtains, both at the window, and also at the door of the compartment.

    Thr compartment configuration was cute, cozy, and womblike, at least until a group of five business travelers got on and took over the rest of my compartment. I spent the rest of that leg feeling very much out of place and in the way; I definitely prefer "airline style" seating. New Jersey Transit has some trains where, for groups, airline can be converted to face-to-face just by pushing on the padded bench back; this is the one thing NJT does right.

    This train/route was EuroCity 296, the "Jean Monnet," which took me from Basel to Strasbourg. At Strasbourg I transferred to the sleek and modern high-speed TGV train, where I forgot that seats are actually individually reserved. This was how I found out, shortly thereafter, that nobody does bitchface like French girls do bitchface.

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    1. AmahRa58 73 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Creative Commons- Free Pictures, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    2. scott_clark 70 months ago | reply

      Interesting picture--I tend to like the older compartments, but yeah, you have to hope you don't get crammed in with domineering people.

      And we once got similar treatment for not paying the extra express fare for a trip from Milan to Verona. The conductor was pretty bitchy to us then. Ironically, the express was overcrowded and uncomfortable, but the regional train we took back was quiet and roomy, and had better windows--who cares if it was slow? :-)

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