So far on CR4, we’ve seen the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Jungfrau in Interlaken, the Italian Riviera in Cinque Terre, the Duomo in Florence, and the Colosseum in Rome. These places have all been unbelievable, but as great as the sights have been, I think the whole group can agree that some of our best moments have been on… You guessed it, trains.
S-bahns, U-bahns, regional trains, night trains, fast trains, slow trains, you name it, we’ve ridden it this trip. Usually one would assume that train rides would be nothing more than the means by which we get from point A to point B, but in the case of CR4, one would be wrong.
Trains have been the venue for tons of fun over the last couple weeks. Examples might include pull-up contests, classic sing-alongs, Euro-style fashion shows, bodacious dance-offs, and watching extremely inebriated Germans… add to their inebriation. (Stomp stomp, clap clap, ffft ffft!)
All of this and much more has occurred on short train rides within or right around the cities, but ample great times have been had on the long train rides between cities.
The first major train ride we took was also our longest- the infamous night train from Berlin to Munich. We had heard stories about the wonderful times that were to be had in the cramped train cars over an 11 hour trip, but until we got on the train and saw our compartments, we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. Once we packed all 14 people into that tiny car, all bets were off. The crowdedness of that car led to openness, which in turn led to closeness (literally and figuratively!) We left that train exhausted, delirious, and hysterical, but we also left as a family.
I never expected to make such great memories on these trains, but as I’m writing this, sitting on a train from Florence to Venice, I’m extremely thankful for the times we’ve had on the rails.
Video footage of one of my favorite train escapades is coming soon!
Burton “your dog’s eyes are beautiful” Irwin “just like yours” Cowles