Paris by Train
What did you do last weekend? A common Monday morning question in most offices. For Chicagoans trapped in the middle of a vast continent, options are few. One can drive to Saugatuck and Springfield only so often. Airfares to New York, Washington, San Francisco and Los Angeles are high not to mention the hassles and time commitment.
Here in Brussels, the options are endless. Look at train schedules. Despite being the nation’s premier hub, train journeys from Chicago to places like Detroit and Saint Louis take over five hours. At ninety minutes, Milwaukee is the largest city within reasonable reach. But in #Brussels, three world class cities are a quick nap away. High speed, efficient rail takes you to London in two hours, Amsterdam in one hour and forty minutes, and #Paris in just one hour and twenty minutes. No driving or cramped carbon spewing airplanes, either.
Blame geography and anthropology. North America is large and first waves of European settlers set sail for Jamestown and Plymouth only about 400 years ago.
This past weekend we travelled to Paris by train–city center to city center. From house to hotel, our elapsed travel time was only three hours, just about the same amount of time we’d have to allow from home to our departing flight time at O’Hare…and then the odyssey truly begins. No security lines or burly TSA agents either. And your baggage travels in the passenger compartment at NO additional cost. Less likely for your bag to get rerouted to Moline or Marseilles. Above all, this wasn’t Detroit, Cleveland or Omaha….this was Paris.
Getting to Paris quickly, unstressed by highway and airport congestion allows you to have more fun in the City of Light. Trains are truly a civilized way to travel.
What are you doing next weekend?