Geneva to Annecy by bus

Here’s a tip for people who want to get from Geneva airport (GVA) in Switzerland to Annecy in France.  While there is a bus which departs from the airport, it actually spent the best part of 40 minutes getting from the airport to the city centre when we took it in the middle of a week day recently.

To save yourself a bit of time you can take a local train from the airport direct to the city centre and then it’s just a short walk to the Gare Routiere where you can pick up the same bus.

It might seem like an extra layer of complexity in your trip, but it really was a waste of time for us sitting in the bus in traffic when we could have got a train instead.  The best bit about the train is that it is free for people arriving in Geneva Airport.  You can get details of the free ticket here.

Airport coffee

It’s well known that airports have transformed in recent years from a transport hub with some shopping opportunities into shopping hubs with some associated transport options.  It’s also generally acknowledged that, despite having a very large footfall compared to most other shops they often charge more than other shops for the same goods.  They get a combination of high volume and high margin, which is a good combination for a retailer.

I passed through Collinstown Shopping Centre (a.k.a. Dublin Airport) recently and took note of the coffee prices in a number of the shops in Terminal 1.  I don’t claim that this is scientific or exhaustive, although walking around the airport looking at the prices was pretty exhausting.

I tried taking note of multiple coffee types, but since they all had different combinations I ended up just noting the prices for a latte.

  • Butlers chocolate shop – €3
  • Marquette – €2.75
  • Wrights – €3
  • Burger King – €2.30
  • The bar upstairs beside Burger King – €3.25

Can anyone beat €2.30 in Burger King in Dublin Airport for a latte?

Europe in 500 pages

I was looking back through some of my old books recently and came across my copy of “Europe by Train 1986” by Katie Wood and George McDonald.  I took this with me on my first inter-rail in (not surprisingly) 1986.

It’s amazing how brief the entries are for each country.  The entire book is just over 500 pages long, with 7 pages being enough to cover all of Poland.  Indeed the section on Eating & Nightlife in Warsaw is only 2 paragraphs long.

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These days some travel books could take 500 pages to cover “things to do in London on a Sunday morning in February – East London edition”

Things were much different back then.  Apart from the fact that several countries covered in the book no longer exist (Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia & East and West Germany), there was no internet and there were no mobile phones.  If faxes were around then, they certainly weren’t in widespread use.  In order to book a hostel you had to post off a letter or booking form to each hostel individually and include a pre-paid return envelope.  Since all countries in Europe use different stamps this wasn’t as easy as it sounds.

You’re looking for the train site, aren’t you?

First things first . . . I am not associated in any way, shape or form with Mark Smith or “The Man in Seat Sixty-One” other than being a big fan and regular user of his site for travel ideas.  I just wish I had as much time as he does to spend on trains.

Chances are that you came to this site because you heard of the site that has all the train stuff and couldn’t remember was it the man in seat 61 or 62, or sixty something or other so you tried seat62.com and you ended up here.

This is probably the link you were looking for, but do come back.  This site is unlikely to ever have the time or resources to rival seat61.com, but we’ll do our best to post related & relevant content.