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All aboard a new walking trail across Wales

All aboard a new walking trail across Wales The 122-mile Heart of Wales Line Trail traces a much-loved railway through magnificent countryside, taking in a forgotten wonder of the industrial age On the station platform at Craven Arms, a helpful elderly lady asks where I’m going. “I’m looking for the Heart of Wales?” Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Kevin Rushby Tweet

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Riding Canada’s Skeena train: from Jasper to the Pacific

Riding Canada’s Skeena train: from Jasper to the Pacific One of the most quietly spectacular rail journeys in the world is also a lifeline for communities along its route. The author of new book Around the World in 80 Trains takes in the view Inhaling the sharp scent of fresh pine, I lean over the half-open carriage doorway as tufts of dandelion heads whip by on the wind, and a bald eagle swoops overhead. Barely 12 miles have passed since we departed Jasper, Alberta, but I’m desperate to spot a bear. So far unsuccessful, I gaze out as the Skeena train approaches the south face of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Against an electric-blue sky,…

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China’s new high-speed train from Hong Kong to Guangzhou

China’s new high-speed train from Hong Kong to Guangzhou China will be the world’s top tourist destination by 2030, by which time a vast network of high-speed rail services will link the country. We take the first bullet train out of Hong Kong The identikit apartment blocks and mousy-brown fields were as unremarkable as the pale scrubland. It should have made for an unremarkable entry into China’s Guangdong province. Except it wasn’t. The thrill of being aboard Hong Kong’s first bullet train, the Vibrant Express, was all about speed, not scenery. Aerodynamic, gleaming white and polished to perfection, the pointy-nosed train had departed Hong Kong’s brand new West Kowloon station, one of the world’s largest (partly) subterranean stations, on…

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A family ski trip: Le Buet, the French Alps

A family ski trip: Le Buet, the French Alps A fun, communal ski week for families is perfect for both beginners and more experienced skiers – and offers the chance to learn a few unexpected skills, too ‘And this is your circus instructor…” Those words, both intriguing and slightly alarming, are not what you expect to hear at the start of a week’s skiing. But this wasn’t a typical ski trip. For a start there were 80 of us, complete strangers at the beginning, sharing a youth hostel. Then there was the unusual location – a hamlet at the far end of the Chamonix valley – the yoga, and the group hand-holding, both literal and metaphorical. Continue reading… Go…

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Lugano’s closer now: 8 reasons why you should visit

Lugano’s closer now: 8 reasons why you should visit The Swiss Alps have always protected Lugano from the extremes of European weather and hordes of visitors. Movie idols Clark Gable and Sophie Loren knew they could relax and enjoy Lugano’s cafe society without being mobbed back in their day. Although a 57 km tunnel through the Alps opened in 2016, reducing the rail journey The post Lugano’s closer now: 8 reasons why you should visit appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog. Go to Source Author: Michael Edwards Tweet

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Germany’s Deutsche Bahn faces challenging times

Germany’s Deutsche Bahn faces challenging times The German train operator has problems with punctuality and management Continue reading Germany’s Deutsche Bahn faces challenging times at Business Traveller. The German train operator has problems with punctuality and management Continue reading Germany’s Deutsche Bahn faces challenging times at Business Traveller. Go to Source Author: Alex McWhirter{ Geoquono} Tweet

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The Zermatt shuttle

The Zermatt shuttle One of the great things about living in Zermatt is that it’s a car free town. You can own a car here but you can only drive to the car parks positioned on the periphery of town. The mode of transport in the town itself is electric taxi or electric bus. They are both very The post The Zermatt shuttle appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog. One of the great things about living in Zermatt is that it’s a car free town. You can own a car here but you can only drive to the car parks positioned on the periphery of town. The mode of transport in the town itself is electric taxi…

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The Glacier Express

The Glacier Express As much as I like to travel by train, I’d more often than not want to get to my destination quickly, without delay. I’ll occasionally glance out of the window and watch the countryside go by but usually I take the opportunity to do work on my laptop or phone and use the train as The post The Glacier Express appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog. http://www.aluxurytravelblog.com/feed/A Luxury Travel BlogFor those who enjoy the finer things in life…Travel887Dan Frith -geoquono- Tweet

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Fast-tracked to Amsterdam’s high life and new hotels

Fast-tracked to Amsterdam’s high life and new hotels Now only a non-stop train ride from London, the Dutch capital offers calm beauty and eco innovation amid the beery hedonism I stood for a long time staring at the sign in the lobby of the Conscious Hotel, in Amsterdam’s Westerpark. A very long time. “Eco Sexy!” the sign read, like the Tinder bio of a freshly divorced vegan, or the aftermath of a tragic word bomb, with two fatalities and one jaunty exclamation mark. Eco Sexy also appears on the website, and in various emails. They are very pleased with this phrase, to the degree that I asked a Dutch speaker if perhaps there is some glitch in the translation….

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Rolling back the years: a nostalgic railway cottage in Wales

Rolling back the years: a nostalgic railway cottage in Wales The Landmark Trust’s latest restoration offers the chance to journey by steam train to an isolated Snowdonia cottage with a curious history – and its own request stop The driver is standing beside the locomotive, which sighs gently. Steam pothers from a brass pipe. “We’ll put you in the first carriage,” he tells us. “Then you can get down at Coed y Bleiddiau.” We head into a fine saloon car, its seats deeply cushioned and buttoned, everything polished and painted in smart livery. My mother (84) perks up. “Our first holidays were always by train.” Continue reading… https://www.theguardian.com/uk/travel/rssTravel | The GuardianLatest travel news and reviews on UK and world…

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