4 October at 1522 GMT. Richmond to Darlington (this part by bus because I'm 50 years too late to catch a train from Richmond (North Yorkshire). Day 1 of Train journey to Poland. @AndyBTravels Image
4 October at 1601. Darlington to London. (Darlington Station) Image
1842 BST (oops! Think I said GMT earlier), Kings Cross Station, end of Day 1 Image
5 October, 0848 BST
Day 2, St. Pancras Station Image
Brussels South, 1415 continental. Frankfurt connection arriving shortly. Image
A wet day here in Brussels Image
1724 Continental. Frankfurt Flughafen. Image
The ICE Portal really is very good. Image
Berlin Hbf., 2227 Continental time. End of Day 2. Image
Day 3. 1153 Continental time, back at Berlin Hbf for the train to Poznan. Image
1610 Continental time, Poznań. End of travels for a couple of days Image
Day 4. Poznań. Agenda: recover from travels, prepare for recitals tomorrow (here) & the next day (Blizne). Image
Tomorrow's concert is in this interesting space: google.com/search?q=Ko%C5…
Day 5, Poznań. Today, recital (Inviolata) in this amazing place (interior shots later), the Church of St. Wojciech Image
Sorry, got that completely wrong. The photo is correct, but the church is not St. Wojciech at all, but the Church of the Blessed Virgin (Kościół Najświętszej Marii Panny W Poznaniu)--annoying not to be able to edit a tweet!
The interior Image
Day 6. 0543 local time. Still quite dark. After a very brief sleep, today it's Poznań to Rzeszow on IC 7300, about 7.5 hours with 26 stops, followed by an evening recital at a UNESCO world heritage site,the wooden church in Blizne Image
1323 local. 7.5 hours on, and just moments away from Rzeszow! Just as well. Tailbone getting sore. Image
The place of the concert Image
interior Image
Day 7, 0803 local. Today the long journey home begins. My agenda: Rzeszow to Berlin via Krakow. Image
1019 local, rolling out of Krakow, bound for Berlin. Now I can relax for seven hours, after a tight & rushed connection at Krakow Image
In an idle moment, I worked out that today's & tomorrow's journey from Krosno to Richmond (N. Yorks.) is the best part of 1500 miles, like going from New York to the middle of Nebraska, or slightly further than San Diego to Vancouver.
things you do on long train journeys...
Day 8. 0621 local. Berlin Hbf again. Today, if all goes to plan, it's Berlin to Cologne to Brussels to London to Darlington. Image
Cologne, 1142 local Image
Brussels, 1404 local. A very quiet Eurostar terminal Image
1725 BST. Kings Cross! Image
2207, Darlington
End of train journey. Just the lift to Richmond now Image
2239, Richmond, aka home! That's the end of an 8-day, 3000-mile round trip, with two solo recitals in extraordinary, historic, & beautiful Polish churches. Excuse the dazed expression. Image
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