Thursday, May 3, 2018

Arcachon? Where is Arcachon?

Many people asked me how I came up with the idea of visiting Bordeaux, Arcachon, Cap Ferret. To answer their question, I had to go way back ... more precisely to my first big trip. 

I was 17 when my BFF of that time and I decided to go on an Interrail trip. The Europeans amongst my readers may know what Interrail is, the others may not. Interrail is a railway ticket that is valid on all European railway lines for the duration of one month (I don't know if it's still the case today). We paid 400 Swiss Francs (which was a fortune for me!!!) for the ticket and off we went, the two of us: to Stockholm first (too expensive, we left two days later), Amsterdam was next, Paris, Cap Ferret, Madrid, Porto, Lisbon (where we spent most of the four weeks because ... it was far less expensive than the north!) and back to Zurich.

Of all places we visited, Cap Ferret, honestly, was the one I never forgot. Not that I still had any precise picture in my head. It was more ... a feeling that I never forgot. A feeling of wonder, of beauty, of magic. Of WOW...
My first thought getting off the train in Arcachon last week was indeed one of wonder but not the wonder I'd expected. It was more like ...  
How the hell were we even able to find this town in the first place???
No Internet back then. No interconnected world like today.
How did we even know to take the train from Paris to Bordeaux? Then the train to Arcachon and then the ferry to Cap Ferret????
I re-read my diary from back then just today and apparently we stayed in a Youth Hostel in Cap Ferret.
How did we even know there was a Youth Hostel in Cap Ferret???

I suppose that we talked to other travelers or that we were helped by the railway employees. We certainly figured out the whole traveling business "en route" because we managed the whole thing just fine! :-)

And BTW, the 17 year old me was totally right.
Arcachon and Cap Ferret are places of wonder, of magic.
Places that won a permanent place in my heart. 

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