Snack stand, Pompeii

As mentioned, Pompeii featured all the conveniences one might expect to find in a modern town. Here’s a photo of a typical snack stand (my term) found in almost every street around the town.

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There’s a bar with the holes over which warm food could be served. There’s even a cutout in the bar to serve what I believe was “take out” food. I can imagine people stopping in here for something to eat, a friendly chat, and then going on with their day. I wonder what was everyone’s favorite snack.

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Frecciarossa, Italy

When traveling TrenItalia you have a few options, including Frecciarossa which is a high speed, intercity service.

DSC_3105It runs very close to schedule if not spot on time so be on the platform several minutes before your train is scheduled to depart. You’ll have some choices in seating, including the salottino for parties of 4:

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The salottino was great for our little group and we even saved a few euros by booking our seats here. It was quiet and comfortable. Snack options depend on your train journey’s length. The following meal was purchased:

AJI0G5xcT+i%oMgFxxkXVwWas tasty, like airline food. Sometimes you’ll get an included little snack depending on the class of service.

DSC_3107Those espresso shots really do the trick!

NYCZuY64Se6xL6LmMNm+XAThe trains in Italy are convenient for this kind of travel. Most of your luggage will fit overhead. It’s fast and easy with fair prices.

 

Chocolateria San Gines, Madrid (2014)

Chocolateria San Gines, another iconic spot in old Madrid. I’ve been here so many times and with good reason. The churros and chocolate are my favorite.

Chocolateria San Gines, Madrid, Spain.

Chocolateria San Gines, Madrid, Spain.

This place is a great stop at the end of the night after a long tapas crawl. You just need a chocolate fix before going home. Be warned, it can be very busy. But service is relatively fast.

Churros and chocolate at Chocolateria San Gines, Madrid, Spain.

Churros and chocolate at Chocolateria San Gines, Madrid, Spain.

Those bites of goodness are delicious. And the chocolate is a miracle in itself. The consistency is thicker than coffee yet it still pours well. Perfect to dip that churro or sip slowly. Never too sweet. Always good. Enjoy the snack!

East Coast Line to Edinburgh

As part of the current journey, I took the East Coast Line from London (King’s Cross Station) to Edinburgh, Scotland (Waverly Station). The entire process was quite easy and very comfortable. Upon arriving at the station, I went to the automatic ticket machine to collect my pre-paid tickets. Using the same credit card with which I purchased the tickets and the record locater, I was able to get the tickets in about 1 minute. There was a supplemental charge for use of the 1st Class Lounge, which was okay with me because I wanted to relax after the car ride in from Windsor. So, here’s a photo of the tickets:

Tickets and seat reservation for East Coast Line train to Edinburgh, Scotland.

Tickets and seat reservation for East Coast Line train to Edinburgh, Scotland.

About ten minutes before departure, the platform was announced and I made my way to the train. A reserved card was tucked into the back of my seat as you see in the next photo:

Card marking reserved seat on East Coast Line train to Edinburgh, Scotland.

Card marking reserved seat on East Coast Line train to Edinburgh, Scotland.

Seating was spacious in the first class carriage. There are several different seating arrangements including two facing a table as you see in this photo:

Two seats facing table aboard East Coast Line train to Edinburgh, Scotland.

Two seats facing table aboard East Coast Line train to Edinburgh, Scotland.

There are also groups of four seats facing a table as you see in the next photo:

First Class seating aboard East Coast Line train to Edinburgh, Scotland.

First Class seating aboard East Coast Line train to Edinburgh, Scotland.

Naturally, snacks were on offer, including cooked meals from a menu as well as sandwiches and beverages from the “trolley.” I went with the sandwiches, which were egg and/or salmon. Both were quite tasty and served with a smile.

Egg salad sandwich aboard East Coast Line train to Edinburgh, Scotland.

Egg salad sandwich aboard East Coast Line train to Edinburgh, Scotland.

Along the trip, cabin staff regularly pass by asking if you would like more drinks, including coffee, tea, soft drinks, and so forth. The ride is incredibly smooth and punctual, making for a pleasant journey without the hassle of airports. Scenery along the way was another bonus, although shrouded in rain and mist for much of the time. All in all, I recommend this form of travel within the UK. And finally, a special thanks to “The Man in Seat 61” who operates a fantastic website that is chock full of information about train travel around the world. Please, avail yourself of his website. I did and it helped me plan this trip perfectly. (I hope to make a video showing clips from this and the return journey aboard the East Coast Line.)