I love train travel! To me it seems the best way to travel. . . . gently easing into a new place, seeing both where I have been and where I am going. We have traveled through Europe by train, but not totally because the architect always wants to visit contemporary buildings and they are usually not easily accessible by train, so we rent cars which give more freedom. We have, though, taken the Eurostar which travels from London to Paris in 2 hours and 15 minutes. I remember being very giggly as we noticed a distinguished older man traveling with his beautiful , very young “daughter” to Paris for lunch! We, also, traveled from Cairo to Luxor on the French speed train. I remember feeling very sad at seeing the poor, poor peasants standing and waving beside the tracks. And at that moment , the train seemed a wasteful extravagance. And the latest was train travel through India. We went from Goa in the far south, on second class train with seats that folded down to cot beds and traveled for 18 hours to Mumbai and then Ahmedabad. I loved watching the changing landscape from the window. Food is available on the train with vendors coming back and forth. We had eaten on another trip and were fine but had heard of some people getting sick eating train food, so it was bananas, cookies and coke for me. Any wonder, I gained weight? Oh did I digress! Back to this sleek, elegant Italian train. . . . .
Italy and all things Italian , in my opinion , can only be described with superlatives. . . . sleek and innovative design, elegant, perfect materials. . . and that doesn’t even begin describing art and architecture! Which I will explain in another post. But with all those positive adjectives come one opposite and frustrating adjective….. summed up in the “function follows form” . . . . . We found over and over that wonderfully designed Italian objects may work but most often they don’t ! Sometimes they do , other times not, but they are beautiful. Trains need to do their job. . . . . to get the passengers to their destination safely and on time! Can this train do it? I hope this beauty will be successful and I would love to travel on it!
This Is the Italian Speed Train!