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January 1st, 2012
I took the direct train from Geneva to Venice and explored the fascinating island city for several hours, before taking a convoluted overnight route back to Geneva via Milan, Chiasso, and Zurich.
Milan is a major city in nothern Italy.
San Bonifacio, Italy
Venice is a historic island city on the north-east coast of Italy known for its walkability (a large part of the island cannot be traversed by car) and its canal routes to get around the city.
January 3rd, 2012
We drove to Montreux to explore the scenic city.
Nyon is between Geneva and Lausanne.
Lausanne is between Geneva and Bern.
Montreux is a beautufil small alpine city at the east end of Lac Lemac, the other end of which has Geneva.
The Chemins de Fer des Rochers de Naye, a rack and pinion railway, climbs into the mountains out of Montreux station.
January 4th, 2012
I took the train from Geneva to St. Moritz and back. At Bern, all photos the camera took were corrupt for the duration of my trip and I did not find out until getting back to Canada on January 7th. The photos lost stretched from Bern to St. Moritz on the 4th, a trip to Lyon and Grenoble, France, on the 5th, and a short tour of Geneva itself on the 6th on the way to the airport. Bug reports have been filed to both Canon and Nanogear, whose camera and 32GB card respectively failed to communicate passed the 8GB mark with all pictures being written as NULLs with no error generated. The immediate playback from the camera's memory worked so there was no hint of trouble until it was too late. Tragic. Photos of the viaduct and tunnel at Filisur are extracted from the video. Others may follow.
Geneva is the southwestern most city in Switzerland, along the French border at the end of Lac Lemac, a beautiful, scenic lake in the Alps.
Romont is between Lausanne and Bern.
Bern is the capital of Switzerland.
Chur is the base of the narrow gauge railway that runs up to St. Moritz and several other communities throughout the region and continues on to Italy through the high Alps.
I took the train from Chur to St. Moritz and back, a gorgeous run high into the Alps covered by the EuRail pass that I highly recommend anyone who goes to Switzerland takes.
The site of one of the most impressive viaducts I've ever seen at Landwasser, Filisur is a junction point on the narrow gauge line from Chur to St. Moritz.
January 5th, 2012
I took the train from Geneva to Lyon, France, where the rain was too intense to leave the station. Half an hour and a sandwich later, I took the train on to Grenoble where the rain was not any better. After running protectively through the streets of the city, briefly admiring the intense clouds making ominous hazes of the surrounding mountains behind the cityscape, I took shelter under an underpass and watched the passing trains. As noted in my notes from January 4th, the photos my camera took were lost however I did take some video in Grenoble which is available.
Grenoble is a university town southeast of Lyon and southwest of Geneva.
Trains come and go at Grenoble as I hide from intense rain under an overpass.