Femmina Expo in Athens. Photo credit: Femmina.
Emily Rycroft, of the Global Cool Foundation, wrote this post about kidnapping on ice, gourmet treats and fashion on traincation in Europe in January.
Happy New Year! We’ve been harping on about Traincations forever, but why not make the New Year you give it a go yourself? And what better way to beat the January blues than by treating yourself to a little holiday? Go on, you deserve it…
In January, you can get your fashion fix at the Femmina Expo in Athens. Preview the latest fashion trends for the upcoming season and meet the faces behind the designs. Mingle with the crème de la crème of designers, buyers and fashionistas in-the-know, while gazing upon what’s hot for women’s wear, men’s wear and accessories.
Travel from London to Paris by Eurostar, take the Metro to Gare de Bercy, and then hop on the Thello sleeper train to Venice. Wake up to breathe in the sight of the Grand Canale before boarding the Minoan/Anek Lines ferry to Patras. Finally, you’re in for a treat with the stunningly picturesque train journey from Patras to Athens, which runs every few hours.
St Moritz, Switzerland
It’s the ski season so make the most of guaranteed snow and slightly lower prices this side of Christmas. And if you fancy doing something a bit different, then get to St Moritz for the Schlitteda Engiadinaisa.
All the locals hop on their old sleighs, don their traditional attire, grab a horse and join in a procession through the wintery landscape. If you’re a lady, watch your back because each rider gets to pick one woman to ride with him – it’s a little like kidnapping on ice and not a task to be entered into lightly! It’s a wonderful way to experience traditional folk dancers, lovely decorated sledges and horses, and soak up the stunning backdrop of St Moritz.
The trusty Eurostar will take you from London to Paris. Once you arrive, hop on the RER line D to the Gare de Lyon in order to catch the afternoon TGV Lyria to Zurich. For St Moritz, take an evening interCity train from Zurich, changing at Chur onto the narrow-gauge Rhätische Bahn for some breathtaking views.
If food is your thing, then The Central Market, Tsentralni Hali in Sofia, is the perfect place to stand in culinary awe. Be a real foodie at this daily gourmet food fare. Trawl through stalls of fruit and vegetables, local cheeses, olives, wines, spirits and lots of baked goods. And please make sure you eat as many free samples as possible – we’re counting on you!
Get yourself to Paris and take the short walk to Gare de l’Est, before climbing aboard the City Night Line sleeper train to Munich. The spacious Austrian RailJet train will take you on the next leg of your journey to Budapest for a short stopover to grab provisions for your connecting train to Sofia. There is no café or restaurant on this train so just settle down with some snacks and enjoy the view.
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