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20/08/2014

Sleeper train interiors and slow travel

luxury train
How beautiful is this photo? (image)

I have to hold my hand up and say I really love trains and train travel. There is something very relaxing about it, my favourite experiences have always been in central Europe, on trains that in any other country would of been shelved for newer models. I have been lucky enough to do a few sleeper train trips, my favourite being an over night from Zurich to Zagreb, Amsterdam to Prague and Vienna to Venice, of which I mainly stayed in the basic couchettes. The Zurich to Zagreb passed through Slovenia and the landscape was beautiful, as was the wooden panelled interior of the train with velvet style seats, something straight out out of the 1940's with a ticket conductor dressed top to toe in a smart baby blue suit with a conductor hat, chain smoking the while stamping tickets (something you don't see in Western Europe).

sleeper train
Luxury on the Orient Express

I think people today are always rushing from A to B and not enjoying the journey. I am all about slow travel, to be that is what half of the holiday is all about, the journey. Earlier tho year we took the Eurostar to Brussels and next month we will be whizzing off to Paris and than taking the TGV train down to Nice, for my 30th Birthday and we can't wait. It's a real shame I don't have many photos from my other train trips - I was travelling mainly on my own and my camera had fallen out of my backpack mid trip and broke but I do have a few that I found lying around...



slow train

European train station
Travelling across Slovenia into Croatia 


7 comments:

  1. What gorgeous images! I've never been on the Eurostar. I hope you have a lovely trip though! x

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    1. Hi Emma, thanks so much, you really should take a trip on the Eurostar - it's lovely

      Laura x

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  2. Wow the orient express looks amazing. I'm not a lover of trains. They are far to fast for me.

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    1. Hi Michelle, thanks for stopping by and I totally agree the Orient does look amazing

      Laura x

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  3. I love trains! Now that we're living in Prague I would love to take trains all over Europe!

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  4. I love train travel - I do believe it's my favourite mode of transportation! When I have the time I prioritise train travel because you get to see beautiful landscapes - I'm so jealous of the trips you've taken, it must have been so wonderful going through Slovenia!!

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  5. I agree - train travel is awesome! After a year of living in Europe, I'm still blown away every time I can take a train to a whole different country :) I went on the Eurostar last month to Paris and loved it - so quick and easy! I've done sleeper trains in Vietnam which were a bit more of an experience, certainly not the beautiful luxury of the Orient Express that you have shown us.

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