Even though we had heavy suitcases to lug around we found public transport very user friendly and economic.
Almost all people used them.
All metros trams buses were disabled friendly and roads and sidewalks smooth to drag suitcases.
Only in Venice were cobbled roads and a boat to catch
In Frankfurt even reaching airport was so easy in normal metro which went straight in
Many major cities have costlier airport special trains .
Most train platforms are exhibited exactly 20 minutes before departure
So we reached Gare de lyons station in paris in time but 20 minute deadline passed and our train did not appear in monitor.
So we asked info and they said you are in wrong station and you need to go to Paris East around 12 km from here and we just had 15 minutes to reach that station in peak hour traffic!
We somehow hopped into a cab who did his best though traffic signals every two minutes took our patience
Somehow we managed to get the train as booking another one would have been pretty expensive and all our tight schedule would have gone awry too
We were flying back day next
We had no specific plans for this city
We needed some good rest and packing time
And we had a feeling but being a big city Frankfurt didn’t have much to offer
Well we were wrong !
The evening on checking in Prof Bodokress a German neuro radiologist friend was kind enough to take us out for dinner in an authentic German restaurant along with his wife and son for us to get a.feel of authentic German cuisine
Charges at 8 cents per hour daily or weekly rents possible.
On completing use one can relock bike any central place or intersection and send code to toll number .these days that step need not be done as it automatically is done
Required rent is drawn from registered account online .
A developed country is not one where poor buy cars its one where rich use public transport and cycles
Most European cities were luggage friendly though we had difficulty in Venice and Rome.
Venice only had boats but it was like metro and one could easily drag suitcases into them from floating jetties all very disabled friendly but the cobblestoned roads to and from hotel was another thing it was a bit tumble but not bad of course the small bridges required a climb and descent
As far as Rome was concerned in metro the escalators were steep with no lofts in sight
Carrying heavy suitcase in escalator is fraught with danger as one could lose balance or ones suitcase could tumble down like humpty dumpty
Taxis were easier but quite costly in Europe while most metros were cheap convenient and user friendly
We were wary of pickpockets well known in Rome and Paris
My advice keep passport in hotel locker don’t carry too much cash or many credit cards and keep wallet in coat insides
These days i think law is getting stricter and there was no worries it was relaxed travel .
The getting to know of metro was on first trip as language was at times in German or French but English options are available
in some places we bought one or two day unlimited tickets in some trip wise tickets
In Zurich there's no metro but excellent tram service is there.
Venice only has boat metros
Rome .Paris Frankfurt have excellent metros
Athens too has though we did not use it.
Metros are fast slick there are no traffic jams and timing is accurate
One needs to know where one wants to go in which line and where to change but maps are very user friendly and announcements are in English too
In Paris we had a real fright
We were waiting for euro rail to Frankfurt in Gere du lyons station and realised we should have been in Paris east station a good ten km away just 20 minutes before
Somehow we managed to get a cab lug our suitcases into it and wish driver Godspeed but Paris had signals every few yards producing palpitations but somehow we reached the station and got into our train just in time .
After reaching Athens we regretted carrying so much winter clothes not that it wasn't cold but the city had so much choice at such bargain prices we were sad we couldn't buy more!
Be it in neat plenty toilets with bidets (toilet paper…… baaa
(We need water to clean buddy )
or drinking water
or duty free shops or
mind boggling marhaba lounge with spicy veg biryani steamed rice mushroom curry spicy samosas
with dessert and a Bacardi to top it
Nothing to beat my Dubai