What are some beautiful places in that area? Where ideally, I could just hop off and on at a number of good and well-connected railway stations along the train route that would take me to Milan. Maybe spend a night at 1 or 2 cities (Dijon, Lyon) or towns.
Actually, I am not much interested in big cities, but an enthusiast of the great outdoors, nature and historical/prehistorical sites. e.g. If the train stopped at Mt Blanc, I would spend a few hours there and then go on to the next place. Though I guess this is only in my imagination.
Any suggestions would be appreciated!