Friday, August 26, 2011

Whispering Wednesday

We left Interlaken on Wednesday and took a slower train to Lucerne, seeing lots of lovely scenery with mountains, lakes and chalets along the way. We changed trains at Lucerne for our train to Lugano, in the Swiss Alps. Unfortunately we found ourselves on a "quiet carriage" and a passenger had nominated himself as the "noise police". We were speaking quietly as we settled in with our luggage etc and he came over and told us there was to be no talking or noise. Then he went over and shushed a married couple who were speaking quietly. They left the carriage but we decided to stay and see if we could be quiet for 3 1/2 hours.
Apart from a few quiet giggles and some written notes passed like we did at school, we managed to keep the peace. The conductor came through and spoke to another passenger but that was allowed apparently. All part of the experience and it did liven up our memories of the trip.
Now we will try to avoid these carriages in future but haven't seen them again so far.
The photos don't do the scenery justice with the heat haze and the glare on the snow but the views are fabulous, we are having fun and we can't ask for more.
I'm very lucky to be able to share this trip with my sister and I expect that we'll still be on speaking terms when we finish LOL.
We are having plenty of laughs and no more Campari so life is good.
Yes there is more to come later.
Hugs, Jan Mac


Lynne said...

I have never heard of "quiet" carriages but I have never travelled on European trains either!

The interurban trains from the Blue Mountains west of Sydney are always much quieter than the suburban trains that travel west!

Maria said...

Lol! Being quiet for 3 1/2 hours while travelling through amazing scenery? Good on you for Aussie ingenuity and passing notes!!! We have 'quiet carriages' on Brisbane peakhour but I think it's about loud mobile phone conversations that people here object to.