Sep 2, 2016 - 3:09 PM
Thanks for the suggestions, not taking a car for a part of the way is non-negotiable because with our toddler, just turned 3 in July, it makes infinite sence to have an exit strategy at any given point, whilst not on a train. Once out of a train you are entirely out and in the elements, no "nest" so to speak. A car provides us with that piece of mind that we can collect ourselves, pause and just scamper back as we want.
In town(s), cities for short juants sure we'll park it and take transit, but for Lucerne countryside, a couple of French border towns and the Alps, it most certainly will be a car and train as the distinction requires. I am an experienced mountain driver (Costa Rica Arenal, Grand/Kings/Bryce/Zion Canyons, Kuaui land's end and Canyon) so not too worried about careful tense mountain diving, so we're good there. We're in a friend's house so, no hotel freebies, not complaining, the entire accommodation is a freebie :).
Again thanks, maybe ...may just skip the trip to the tippy top of the Alps and do Interlaken and Grinderwald by car this go and come back when our little one is a little more manageable on long train trips.