The Time: 6 P.M., any night. The Place: Grand Central Terminal, New York. The Star: you, stepping from the crimson carpet to the magic carpet that is the famous 20th Century Limited. It’s the New York Central’s luxury hotel on wheels, your overnight vacation between New York and Chicago, first night on your coast-to-coast week end.
If you love old magazines, then I bet you are like me, always lamenting the total lack of glamour in travel today. I don’t think it would be so bad if not for these reminders of how travel itself was once an experience to be savored. Unfortunately, travel today is more likely to just be endured, especially travel by plane. But even trains are not the luxurious and relaxing places they once were. But in our busy lives, it is often time that is the luxury, and the speed of modern travel does allow us more time when on a trip.
I’m writing this several days in advance, because when it is published I’ll be on a trip, with two of my dearest friends who knew I needed a change of scenery. Maybe this post should have been about friendship instead of travel.
I bet you can guess where I am!