Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Nice, Villefranche-sur-Mer

Today I'm travelling from Spain to France (Nice).
 Leaving the small town outside Barcelona with a MD train to Girona.
 Airline style window in Class 449
 Media Distancia train at Girona station
 Girona station for Iberian gauge trains
 Girona underground station for Standard gauge trains

 I'm taking Renfe-SNCF service Barcelona-Lyon
 This route is operated with a Class 100 trains

 Preferente coach
 Club executive compartment

 "Asterix: The secret of the magic potion" was the movie onboard
 Turista class - the train was practically empty until Perpignan

 AGC, Class Z27500

 Class 100 manufactured by Alstom/CAF

 Many freight trains on the line through Narbonne. Here is Class BB 27000

 Another BB 27000
 Class BB 26000

 Bar coach
 Bacalao con tomate for lunch

 Riding on the high speed line
 My trip from Girona to Nice will be with high speed trains only this time. This means that I have two changes, here is the first one at Valence TGV station.

 A popular Norwegian serial available now in French version

 Ticket gates when entering the platform. As there is a requirement for a seat reservation for Interrail, the ticket from has a bar code.
 I'm now taking a train to Avignon TGV

 TGV Dasye

 Avignon TGV station

 The next train is a direct train to Nice

 TGV Duplex

 This train do not stop at Marseille, it is taking a bypass route without entering the station

 La Ciotat

 Cat passenger

 Le Bar

 The railway between Marseille and Nice opened in 1864 - it follows the coast line. The line was extended to the Italian border town of Ventimiglia in 1872

 Queen Eva

 From Wikipedia: "The station was completed in 1867 for CF du PLM and by architect Louis Bouchot in Louis XIII style."

 The hotel I'm staying at is located on the other side of the railway, I need to take this scary tunnel
 The hotel or actually a student residence is located in a walking distance from the station
 There was no air condition in the room, but there was a balcony
 From the balcony I could view Gare de Nice CP - for narrow gauge railway to Digne-les-Baines

 Gare de Nice CP opened in 1991 replacing this beautiful Gare de Sud from 1890. Now it has a library and a food court.
 Avenue Jean Medicin with a tram line and the railway bridge

 The tram line in Nice opened in 2007 using Alstom Citadis trams

 PLM (Paris à Lyon et à la Méditerranée) was the railway company that operated the railway from Paris to Nice until 1938.
 Thello ticket machine at Nice station

 Class BB 36000 and Thello train operating the line Nice-Milan

 Today I'm also visiting a nearby town Villefranche-sur-Mer.

 I'm taking TER train

 Villefranche-sur-Mer station
 The town has a beach located just next to the station
 The water was very warm
 The bay of Villefranche is one of the deepest natural harbours of any port in the Mediterranean Sea and provides safe anchorage for large ships from easterly winds. (Wikipedia)

 Class Z 24500, TER 2N NG
 Class Z 55500, Regio 2N
 I'm back in Nice, here is Gare du Sud

 Inside there are many restaurants and bars

 The view from the hotel. Russian orthodox church

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