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The Bellinghman
Date: 2007-01-07 17:40
Subject: So much for trains
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I was just attempting to get train fares for a journey from Sierre (Swiss Alps) to London.

Holy crap! How do they expect anyone to use trains? I can get from Sierre to Paris at a reasonable price - a very reasonable price for a direct TGV that takes 5:20. But that's no use whatsoever, if it then costs THREE TIMES AS MUCH for the Paris to London link, which is only 2:40.

</rant>

EDIT: Many thanks for the purpletigron/purplecthulhu's advice on getting round Eurostar.

EDIT: OK, I can do Sierre to Paris-Lyon for 113 CHF, if I buy it from the Swiss, and using the halbtax card. That's just under £48. And going via the "I am American" part of the Eurostar site allows me to buy the single/non-flexible fare at $89 each - which is roughly £45. That's compared to the insane £300+ it was trying to do me for originally for the Paris to London leg!

So, Swiss Alps to central London for £93 isn't too bad. I just wish it wasn't such an incredible hassle finding this all out. If I was a PA doing this, and factoring in the cost of my time, it'd be another matter.

EDIT: Ooops, forgot time zone differences. That was 2:40, not 1:40
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The Bellinghman
Date: 2007-01-07 23:37
Subject: #115 Gavin Menzies: 1421: The Year China Discovered the World
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Gavin Menzies: 1421: The Year China Discovered the World

Paperback: 649 pages
Publisher: Bantam; New Ed edition (23 Nov 2004)
ISBN-10: 0553815229
Category(ies): Speculative History

The reviewCollapse ) An entertaining mix of fact and fantasy, mostly the latter.
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