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The tiny Principality of Monaco just so happens to be both the world's densest country and its richest. Long a favorite of the cruise crowd and wannabe James Bonds, it's more than just Grace Kelly and gilded yachts; Monaco is one destination that deserves a prominent place on your bucket list and all week we'll be sharing why.
Despite the difficulty of locating Monaco on a map that lacks detail, traveling to the principality is remarkably easy from almost any major metropolis in Europe. There's no income or bling requirement to visit, and no special handshake to saunter up into its famous Casino. Monte-Carlo is actually fully connected to the rest of the world by air with a heliport, by rail with a lovely train station, and by its famous World Rally and Formula 1 roads.
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Now more than ever it’s hard to disconnect from things, and that’s certainly the case when you’re traveling about. Thanks to a little bit of connectivity ingenuity now you can even reach out and touch someone from under the English Channel, as mobile phone services are arriving for those zipping between the United Kingdom and France.
Those heading back and forth through the Channel tunnel will soon be able to give a ring to friends and family, as it sounds like 4G service will be arriving. It’s the north tunnel that’s getting the new cellular beams and bits, and this will be the first time you can continue to talk to your grandma as you travel from the island to the continent.
Although the American West was largely built around railroad lines, few people travel the region by train any more. However, New Mexico’s Rail Runner train is hoping to change that. The train, which runs between the state’s two biggest cities, was intended for tourists but is now popular with commuters who live in one city and work in the other.
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Your European holiday is about to get a little bit faster, as some new high speed train service is arriving on the continent. Now budget travel isn’t just an option aboard a low cost carrier, as the train might be able to zip you over to where you want to be.
Tickets are now on sale for the TGV train between Paris and Barcelona, and the speedy service should start up on December 15. Travelers can now visit Girona—that's just outside Barcelona in Spain—in just under six hours after departing Paris. Those looking to complete the whole journey between Paris and Barcelona can now do so in around six and a half hours. Connections are even available for those departing from London, as one can get from the UK to Spain in just over ten hours.
Those looking to take an international journey through the Channel Tunnel will soon get a new option, as connections between the United Kingdom and the European mainland expand.
It looks like train officials at the Eurostar Group have made friends with those over at Dutch Railways, and the plan is to connect London with Amsterdam beginning in 2016. That’s quite a bit of time to wait, but worth it if we don't have to wake up, gather up our stuff, and switch trains in Belgium or France to reach the Dutch capital.
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Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.
Last week we paid $8 for a domestic beer while riding an Amtrak train.
In 1941, that price would have been the small sum of 25 cents on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, or the B&O for short.
Perhaps you recognized the railroad from playing games of Monopoly, as it's one of the four railroad properties. In real life, however, the Baltimore and Ohio was the Unites States' first passenger railroad, founded in 1828. While expanding beyond the east coast to connect into the Midwest, it operated through the Great Depression and the World Wars and eventually merged and merged again to become what is now known as the freight train operator CSX.
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There’s still plenty of summer left, and by that we mean that there are a few days to enjoy the warmer weather as the calendar flips from August to September. For those who call Boston home—or just the Northeast in general—there’s never been an easier way to escape towards Cape Cod and the islands. Thanks to the CapeFlyer you can skip the traffic jams, and that’ll especially be the case during the upcoming holiday weekend.
The new train service has been doing its thing since around Memorial Day, and it will continue to do so through Columbus Day. Once aboard the train you can enjoy all the usual train stuff including the chance to grab some snacks and beverages, and they’re even beaming some free WiFi throughout the cabin. Feel free to bring you bike along too—as well as your kids—as both of them are permitted to ride for free.
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We didn’t take a ride aboard Amtrak last month, but we might have been the only ones. Apparently the nation’s favorite train had a nice hefty boost in ridership last month, so they must be doing something right.
It seems that Amtrak often gets a bad rap regarding what it does wrong and never what it does right. However, in July the numbers seem to speak for themselves. The train beat its own best records, as Amtrak announced that more passengers took a trip in July than during any other month in the company’s history. In case you’re interested in the numbers, it sounds look almost a cool three million—2.9 to be specific—rode the rails during July of 2013.
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It's hump day and, thus, time for a little extra motivation for the rest of the week. Dreaming about a trip around Japan should do the trick, and luckily National Geographic just launched a contest to not only fly one person and a guest to Japan on Delta, but also to send them out on a Japan Rail trip with a train pass.
There's no essay or video required to enter, just your details. Click here to enter.
Grand prize is the trip for two, which includes airfare, train tickets, hotels in both Tokyo and Kyoto, and a city tour of Tokyo. Good luck!
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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park at Universal Studios Orlando may be working on building a full-scale Hogwarts Express train, but little do they know one already exists.
Over in the UK, the famously opulent Orient-Express "Northern Belle" train attempts to recreate the Hogwarts Express experience on special kid-friendly departures that include more than just a choo-choo ride; the train actually transports its passengers to and from Hogwarts or, well, the Harry Potter Studio Tour experience outside London, where the movies were filmed.
Curious to see what exactly goes down in the Studio Tour? What a coincidence! We recently visited it ourselves.
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It's been called "the face of American ruin porn" and an average nice weather day sees scores of cars driving by solely for a photograph. Serious shooters set up tripods in the weeds, and a meal at Slows BBQ is often followed by a stroll over to stare. Though Detroit's Michigan Central Station turns 100 this year, the last train departed in 1988, at which time the 18-story structure began its rapid decline from proud landmark to toothless sideshow attraction. The carcass of crumbling stone now draws curious gawkers like gnats, a form of architectural thanatourism.
Even the New York Times called Detroit "the world capital of of staring at abandoned old buildings" and, of the station, said: "It’s hard not to think of it as an epic-scale disaster that seems engineered to illustrate man’s folly — as if the Titanic, after sinking, had washed ashore and been beached as a warning."
As far as we’re concerned it’s never too early to start your holiday shopping list, and if you’re looking to get something for us—thanks in advance—we have a great idea. It looks like the Metropolitan Transportation Authority over in New York City is thinking about adding some sponsorship deals to their subway stations. So if you’ve got a little extra cash, we certainly would appreciate our very own Jaunted subway stop.
Basically advertisers can throw in some cash, and they can name a stop after a company. It sounds like nothing is happening immediately, so don’t expect Times Square presented by American Express anytime soon. However, the public transportation people have outlined some rules and regulations, and they are meeting to chat about the possibility of adding some ads to boost their revenue.