If there’s one way to travel Europe in style, it’s by train. Eurail is the ultimate in train trips — with a single pass, you can visit 28 countries. Or as Eurail so eloquently puts it: ‘1000s of destinations, endless possibilities’.
Discovering Europe by rail is something I’ve had the privilege to do on multiple occasions, helped in no small part by living in the U.K. two times. Travelling around England, Scotland, and Wales on a Britrail pass, journeying the length and breadth of Switzerland, or even just a journey between Frankfurt and Amsterdam last year — each train trip provides a certain joie de vivre that a flight can’t compare to.
Eurail hosted an indulgent dinner for select media and guests in CBD restaurant Hubert’s private theatre dining area. The classic, opulent surrounds were the perfect counterpart to the sort of style you can expect as you travel from one amazing European destination to another, eating and drinking your way through multiple countries’ cuisines.
We began our culinary excursion with an Aperol Spritz (originating in Padua, Italy), delving into gorgeous bread and butter, slathering it all with aioli. For the meat eaters, pickled onion, foie gras, duck terrine, and cured meats almost had us believe we were in France or Italy. The glasses of Adalia Soave wine from the Veneto region of Italy also helped keep the illusion going, as did the images projected in the background of phenomenal European scenery.
Our second course took us from France to the Rhine Valley in Germany, with whole-roasted poisson Grenobloise accompanied by a crisp salad. By far the standout dish of the evening for me was the choucroute garnie. This Alsatian concoction of braised pork shoulder, pork sausage, sauerkraut and mustard is a true classic — but which you rarely find on menus not in proximity to Strasbourg. Accompanying it? Kimchi gratin. Sacre bleu! Yet so perfectly matched in flavour.
Along our food pilgrimage, our Eurail hosts regaled us with interesting info about the Pass. I had no idea that Australians are one of their best customer bases, along with South Koreans. Or that they’ve added on the Eurostar as a partner. (Ask me about my fateful Eurostar trip from London to Paris sometime.)
While I didn’t end up winning the first class tickets, the Eurail team sweetened the deal for the rest of us with an indulgent hazelnut mille-feuille. The puff pastry with layers of cream was drizzled before our eyes with chocolate sauce, as we sipped on a digestif of Pedro Ximenez (Spanish sherry) from Jerez in southern Spain.
To find out that the Eurail pass is now 20% off for the rest of the year? Now that was the true icing on the cake.
Co-founder of The Plus Ones, Theresa will no doubt shortly be booking flights to Europe.
For more on Eurail, visit www.eurail.com, and on social media, follow @eurail | #eurail | #createyourownstory. From now until 31 December, buy a Big Eurail Pass at 20% off.