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June 16, 2014

Beautiful Color Photos of Eurailpass in Europe in the Summer of 1970

According to Messy Nessy Chic, at the dawn of the 1970s, it cost around $24 to travel from London to Italy. As the train went clickety-clack, rattling through the ever-evolving landscape, two strangers could strike up a conversation over a few slices of shared bologna ham and make it last for a thousand miles.

In July 1970, LIFE magazine sent photographer Carlo Bavagnoli around Europe holding a newly price-reduced Eurailpass. His story would follow the budget backpacking set, a new wave of free-spirited American college graduates pondering time off before joining the workforce. They traveled in big groups, made new companions in every direction, slept in the stations and played their guitars while waiting for the next train.

(Photos by Carlo Bavagnoli, via LIFE photo archive)

1 comment:

  1. That house on the outside is very impressive. He managed his money well.




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