It’s always been a source of great annoyance in our family that the Canadian train company VIA Rail, wasn’t as forward thinking as so many others we’ve had the pleasure to ride. It’s tough to go to France, Switzerland, Italy, Czech Republic and on and on and on…. only to return home and be limited to driving the car as a way to get around. It’s extra frustrating […]

It’s going to be a short post today because when it comes to taking Swiss Public Transportation With a Dog, you’re in luck! The Swiss pretty much follow the same approach as their neighbours Italy and France. First, though, let me tell you about the General Abonnement (GA) card. This travel card has a host of benefits. In addition to letting you take the train anywhere in Switzerland, the […]

There is something wonderful about taking the train, especially in pet friendly Europe. I recently had the chance to try out the trains in France: small rural trains, big city centre trains and, the all-time famous TGV system Small Rural Trains The small rural trains are the easiest and least expensive to take. They run from one large town to another, connecting several small villages along the routes. […]

On March 11th, 2012 an article in the paper caught my eye.  Singer Jann Arden had been “tossed” to the curb – or in this case dropped off at a small train station – by VIA Rail for having her 4-pound dog “ Midi ” with her.  This occurred between Toronto and Ottawa while the Canadian singer was on her way to the National Capital Region for a […]

Travelling by train in Italy is a pleasure.  Not only are they amazingly punctual, the price is also right and they are dog friendly!  As long as the “cani” is in a carrier, can’t get away, does not take up a seat and is quiet the inspector will not even blink.   A few times I was asleep on my bipeds lap and no one said a word.  Small […]

Travel With a Small Dog to Pisa, Tuscany in Italy…. because there are certain places that people just know. No matter where they are from. Often it is historic, scenic or a special monument.  In the case of Pisa, it is certainly all three; but it must be one specific tower that has captured the imagination of people from around the world. Pisa has its leaning tower. An irony not lost on us, […]