The so called modern and scientifically advanced times in which we live in and are very often awed by is actually stealing away some of the very interesting and medieval romance like experiences from our lives. The charm of letters written in ink that manifested the flow of emotions and hand writings that reflected the mood of the sender has been brutally replaced by the typed and soulless e-mails and brief text messages.
This is just one of them for reference. Look around you, and you will find many of the treasured objects of the past which our earlier generation loved to love now panting under the new replacements. To the defense of the current times, we can put forward myriad reasons and logically (read tragically), they are valid!
But taking some hours out to relive those bygone days in the same aura and ambiance renders a perfect and most needed break from our monotonous lives. Be it having a cuppachino in the old coffee house around the market corner or enjoying a night out in an eco- friendly lodge without air conditioners and modern bathrooms.
If that can serve the purpose, why not spend a day or two in a train ride that carries you through some of the most celebrated destinations of Europe? You don't need to fasten your seat belts nor pay any attention to the cabin crew while they throw the instructions- a common experience in a air travel. Here we list down some of the famous trains of Europe that you must Chug on your trip.
Francisco de Goya: If you want to immortalize the trip from Paris to Madrid, aboard this luxury train and feel like staying in your hotel room while completing a journey of almost 14 hours. The service that Francisco de Goya provides with a welcome drink, gourmet dinner, breakfast, and an in-room bathroom with shower is sheer treat not to be missed out. Peep through the window and enjoy the pastoral scenery outside.
The Chocolate Train: Shuttling in the route of Montreux to Broc in Switzerland, this enchanting train trip is a one of a kind journey with the train starting from Montreux passing through Lake Geneva and the famous cheese town of Gruyère before reaching the final stop, Broc. In between, provisions are there for a local sight seeing in Gruyère that covers the cheese factories and the native castle. Once in Broc, flock to the Cailler-Nestlé chocolate factory for a great time! The total time that this trip, to and fro, takes is almost 10 hours.
The Flam Railway: The Flam Railway in Norway is a preferred way for the travellers to reach Myrdal, a mountain area with two most exotic falls namely- Rjoandefossen and Kjosfossen. That one hour journey from Flam to Myrdal is a 2,838 feet of hiking in a distance of 12 miles.
Trans-Siberian Railway: A journey by this train route is almost equal to a cultural trip across the territory of the Russian nation. Be a part of this 19 days dream ride as you will travel through eight time zones with Moscow as the starting spot. The journey winds up in Vladivostok and once you are through, the collective memories of your journey will leave you a bit wiser.
InterCity-Express: Now, this one can give serious competition to Michael Schumacher and Valentino Rossi when it comes to speed. Hitting the tracks with an unbelievable speed of 199 miles an hour, the InterCity Express commutes between Munich and Nuremberg. The most interesting thing about travelling in this fast beast is that, once inside it, you hardly feel any vibration or sound. Just enjoy the sight of the landscapes going behind at a neck break speed.
Pack your bags and prepare for a journey along the iron tracks that will give you time to store up. Load up your playlist with Bob Dylan and John Denver to keep you company while you are lost in ecstasy.