Train Travel: A Little of This, A Little of That
You have probably seen my earlier rants about how the US has fallen behind most of the rest of the world when it comes to train travel. In particular, the Europeans – specifically, the French, the Germans and the Spanish – have adopted high-speed trains as a way of life. Those trains are faster, cheaper and greener than going either by air or by car. The latest country to hop on the high-speed bandwagon is Poland. Gee … if the Poles get it, can we be far behind?
A new luxury train has begun operating in Europe. The Danube Express is offering a variety of exotic rail itineraries that will include cities such as Budapest, Prague, Vienna, and Krakow among others. Passengers will travel (and sleep and dine) in rail cars originally built in East Germany for use by the Hungarian State railroad, all restored at a cost of nearly $750,000 each. *sigh* Just one more train ride to be added to my must-do list.