Train travel in Europe can make getting from the smallest of towns to the continent’s thriving metropolises and anywhere in between a snap. However, unless you plan ahead or take advantage of some of the less-apparent options for savings, you might find yourself racking up a hefty bill for the privilege of riding the rails.
Halfway through my beer and ham-and-cheese sandwich, it hit me.We’re going 180 mph! There I am standing in the cafeteria car of Spain’s high-speed train watching olive fields and whitewashed homes flash by me, and I realize how fast we are going.
It’s 4 p.m. on a summer day and the Celtic weather gods looking down on the Snowdonia region of Wales are in a fine mood. The sun is shining, and except for the traveling puffs of black smoke dotting the mountainous and coastal landscape, there’s barely a cloud in the sky.
Ghost towns dot the landscape all across the southwestern United States, once-thriving cultural hubs abandoned and left in shambles. Many are still fairly well-preserved, though, and offer visitors a chance to see a piece of history even if it is in pieces.
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