Trains

The Country Between Rome and Florence

The Country Between Rome and Florence

Scenes from the train ride to my final destination last February: . . . . . Details: Departure station: Roma Termini Arrival station: Firenze S. M. Novella Train: Frecciarossa 9420 Seat: 1A (choose this seat if you don’t want anyone sitting beside you) Cost: 24.90 € […]

#Goals: Bernina Express

#Goals: Bernina Express

* Have you ever accidentally come across something, felt sudden chills running through your body, and thought, “Oh my gosh, I want this”? * I was just looking up how to get to Venice from Paris in Seat61 and it mentioned the Bernina Express, so […]

Inverness to Kyle of Localsh

Inverness to Kyle of Localsh

* They say it’s the journey, not the destination. On the train ride from Inverness to Kyle of Localsh, that’s certainly true. The train journeys between Fort William and Mallaig and between Inverness and Kyle of Localsh are generally acknowledged to be among the best in the world in terms […]

Inside the Caledonian Sleeper

Inside the Caledonian Sleeper

* * Sleeper trains can save you time and money, but of the ones I’ve had the opportunity to try, the most that can be said about their comfort level is that they’re tolerable. I’ve been on one of the top bunks of a 6-couchette […]

Some girls buy bags, some girls buy train tickets.

Some girls buy bags, some girls buy train tickets.

A berth on the Caledonian Sleeper feels like a positive luxury to my usually penny-pinching self. I justify the cost by comparing it to the cost of regular trains + a night in a hotel + time (= gold) but still. When I think about it, a single ticket […]

Give me Bradshaw

Give me Bradshaw

“The rare, strange thing is to hit the mark; the gross, obvious thing is to miss it. We feel it is epical when man with one wild arrow strikes a distant bird. Is it not also epical when man with one wild engine strikes a […]

She Took The Midnight Train Going Anywhere

She Took The Midnight Train Going Anywhere

* * There’s nothing romantic about midnight trains. Oh, there’s romance in the notion of stepping from a wooden platform onto a steel carriage, from solid ground to motion, to adventure, to the dark. There’s nothing romantic about not knowing where, exactly, in the designated […]

5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Traveling by Train on Your Next Trip Abroad

5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Traveling by Train on Your Next Trip Abroad

* * For those who take them day in and day out, trains are probably as romantic as, oh, lawnmowers. And when they’re not running as well as they should, they’re often a source of consternation (and/or mini-heart attacks) for regular commuters. In fact, I’d probably […]