The SNCF (Société nationale des chemins de fer) is France’s national train network. I love train travel. As you know, I recently took the SNCF from Paris to Barcelona, a seven hour journey. In 2019, the year before COVID, I travelled from Rome down to Lecce (Puglia) and back up again to Bologna on Italy’s excellent train network. From Bologna I travelled up to Milan, changed trains and journeyed onwards to Nice where I stayed for 3 days. From Nice, back up to Paris. All by train. A great and memorable trip that I’d do all over again in a flash.
Back in the 1990s, I travelled from New York City to New Mexico on AMTRAK. The first leg was NYC to Chicago whereupon I boarded the Southwest Chief and settled into my sleeping cabin. After crossing Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and Colorado, I arrived in Santa Fe two days later where my friend, Lori, and another friend were waiting for me. I remember seeing beautiful sunsets and coyotes on the Kansas plains.
Taking the train is the most environmentally-friendly way of traveling. I’m a seasoned train traveller, and I approve this message –
That’s a great new advertisement from the SNCF. I also have fond memories of taking the Chief trains from Chicago to Raton, NM, and back (in the 1950s, long before Amtrak).
The ad agency that created the spot is called Rosa Parks. Years ago, they did another great advert for EUROSTAR in which the lead character was a cat.
Very clever, to associate train travel not just with convenience and speed, but with youthful exuberance and fun.
…and eco-friendliness! 🙂
I have fond memories of that trip. It seems to me that it might have been before I had a cell phone – how did we all manage to meet up??
I also love train travel. A few years ago, I took my 10 year old nephew from Omaha to San Francisco. We had a roomette – very small, but at least we had beds. The scenery was beautiful! I enjoyed it, while he mostly read or played video games. Oh well – maybe I planted a seed.
Remember The Laughing Horse Inn in Taos? Then driving in your Toyota to Sedona then to Las Vegas to that nice hotel. Then through the desert to California and stopping off at that Mexican restaurant. Yes, it was all WONDERFUL. What was our final destination? Newport Beach? Is that where Dana lived? Where does she live now?
Yes, Dana was living in Newport Beach then. Now she’s in Laguna Beach.
That was the end of my cross country car trip. I left Dana’s and drove back to Vancouver. 10,000 miles!!!
Wow. All that in your Toyota.