Many Americans think of renting a car when considering their transportation needs in Europe, but in recent decades, trains have become a strong alternative.
Trains recall a golden age when a pair of rails were a pathway to discovery, parallel lines converging in the distance, momentarily unified in a time and place that is a carousel of sights and sounds.
Rails speak to us. They echo glimpses of the past as they whisper visions of the future. The nostalgic bygone era when giant steam locomotives chugged through the countryside with the clickety-clack of steel against steel, and the haunting sounds of lonesome whistles in the night, has given way to modern, streamlined machines that streak across the landscape.
And yet trains somehow remain suspended in time, evoking feelings of romance and adventure.
If Hans Christian Andersen and Somerset Maugham were alive today, surely their thoughts would agree that “to travel is to live with the gift of surprise.”
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