There has always been a great allure to me about traveling by train. My father always used to say “I never heard a train go by without wishing I were on it.” I don’t know where it came from, or if it was really a quote, or if it reflected his unfulfilled dreams, but to a teenager who had just devoured “The Drifters” by James Mitchener and who could barely spell mortgage, it felt like the perfect life. I wanted to be Gretchen, the drifter who carried her guitar across Europe.
I did carry mine to Italy when I was 14′ even though I could barely play two songs – Norwegian Wood (3 chords) and “my own” composition that sounded remarkably like a Bob Dylan tune. Fast forward decades and traveling between Paris and London through the Chunnel with work mates, a few bottles of wine, baguettes and cheese turned into an unforgettable experience. Or even today, taking advantage of an incredible VIA Rail sale and heading to Montreal to visit friends and family.
While I LOVE LOVE LOVE the never ending wine glass in VIA One, I brought my own to economy. I am sipping a Mimosa thanks to the Zonin Prosecco traveling 3-pack $11.95 at Vintages.
Though between the time I picked it up and the time I left on my trip, it turned into a 2-pack. In any case, sipping a Mimosa, listening to great music with free WIFI on a train that I don’t have to WISH I were on, is the perfect way to start an extra long weekend!
Happy Labour Day.