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From Milan, Geneva, to Paris with seniors

Jan 31st, 2009, 09:18 AM
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I also highly recommend staying in Montreux, Vevey, or Lausanne. You can easily go into Geneva as a day trip on the train (about 1 hour away). These are much more beautiful small towns/cities and more interesting than Geneva (which always seems so business like to me).

You can easily buy tickets as you go at the train station. Swiss trains are very organized and you can find an English-speaking clerk to help you.
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Jan 31st, 2009, 09:19 AM
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Buy your food before you get on the train. Either from a grocery store, or you'll usually easily find a bakery actually in or right near the train stations.
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Jan 31st, 2009, 02:04 PM
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Dear suze,

Thank you. That's great to know, about Swiss trains, and our being able to buy food near the train station.

Do you have advice on in which city in Switzerland (Montreux, Vevey, or Lausanne) we should find a hotel as our main base? We will be coming by train from Milan, then after spending several days in Switzerland, leave by train for Paris.
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Feb 1st, 2009, 09:03 AM
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Vevey is my favorite. It feels the most "Swiss" to me. And there are several hotels located within 5 mins. or so of the train station (which is also fairly near the town square and beautiful lakeside promonade).

But Montreux is nice too, it's a bit more international feeling (perhaps from the Montreux Jazz Festival influence and other well-to-do visitors). Again lots of hotel choices within walking distance of the train station.

Lausanne is OK but it is the largest of the three, so I don't think it would be as particularly welcoming or easy for a home base as either Vevey or Montreux.



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Feb 1st, 2009, 10:47 AM
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For hotels you'd need a "triple" room for 3 people (or two rooms). Not so much about the hotel "allowing" 3 people to stay in one double room, rather there would not be a bed for you to sleep in!

Here's a few suggestions in their price range:
For Vevey - Hotel de Negociants or Hostellerie de Geneve.
For Montreux - Hotel Helvetie
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Feb 1st, 2009, 02:52 PM
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Dear suze,

Thank you for your recommendations and for the sites. They are exactly what I needed to know.
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Feb 1st, 2009, 04:44 PM
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pleasure's mine. i LOVE that little part of the world, and am happy to help someone else find the best of it.

you could wander around the center of Geneva with a guidebook and i suppose have an OK time.

Or you could be in Vevey, strolling the lakeside promonade (quai), going to the open air local farmers market (Tues & Sat mornings), eating in the Ma & Pa cafes (look for a chalk board outside with the daily lunch specials), visiting the bakeries...

happy to help. -suze

p.s. i have dear friend who's lived in Vevey then Montreux for quite awhile now, with no plans to return to the US, is why I have a bit of know-how & such an affinity for these great towns.


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Feb 2nd, 2009, 06:23 AM
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Dear suze,

I think both my parents and I will enjoy doing the things you mention.

Thanks again!
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Feb 2nd, 2009, 08:09 AM
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Besides having more comfortable seats (which, I agree, IS significant for longer trips), is there more privacy for first class travelers (for trains from Milan to Geneva or Montreux, and trains from Geneva or Montreux to Paris)? Or will we most likely be sharing the cabin with others?>

Privacy? Not really - the days of private compartments on trains like these is long gone mainly though you may find some Club compartments in first class - but generally open seating - but in first class there should empty seats and not as chock full as 2nd class may be. Just a more leisurely experience IMO
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Feb 2nd, 2009, 08:59 AM
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Dear PalenQ,

Thank you for your advice. It sounds as though first class may be worth a try. I am leaning towards it, esp. given my parents' age and that I want them to be comfortable.

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Feb 3rd, 2009, 03:06 PM
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