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05:47 pm - Day #25, 30 Days, er, Posts of Appreciation: stuff
Hiii.

I didn't mean to be gone so long, but this is not a Good Month (work and various obligations). Still, hi!

This past weekend I traveled to Toronto for a family wedding. It was one of those leave-the-house-Friday-before-dawn, get-back-Saturday-night-after-midnight deals, which, gaah. That having been said, it was a beautiful wedding and a delightful time to be in downtown Toronto, with weather perfect for walking, companions to walk with, and the coolness of it all.

I do enjoy being somewhere new -- I'm just not crazy about the actual *travel.* But I sometimes daydream about Old School Travel, where one dressed up for the journey, where one was treated like an honored guest, where there was a bit of glamour about it all.

So let me ask you -- if you could pick one old-school travel method and destination, where would you go?

Cheers, and may the contemplation be as good as a rest. :)

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From:gwynnega
Date:October 20th, 2014 10:26 pm (UTC)
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Toronto! That sounds like fun (aside from the actual *travel* part).
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From:laurawise
Date:October 21st, 2014 10:34 am (UTC)
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Toronto seemed like a v cool place to me. :)

Hugs!
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From:anne_d
Date:October 20th, 2014 10:33 pm (UTC)
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Up the coast of California to San Francisco, by rail. I'm not sure if one could actually ever do that, but wouldn't it be lovely if it was possible?

[hugs] I'm glad the wedding and travel turned out so well. I hope the month improves for you.
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From:mamculuna
Date:October 21st, 2014 01:37 am (UTC)
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My husband's getting ready to ride the train from Oakland to LA, and says a lot of it is along the coast. But I've driven San Jose-Santa Barbara, and don't remember any tracks along there.

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From:laurawise
Date:October 21st, 2014 10:36 am (UTC)
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I would imagine that coastal property is rather expensive for train tracks!
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From:mamculuna
Date:October 21st, 2014 11:51 am (UTC)
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When my sister and her husband were trying to prevent a train company from putting a spur on the edge of their property, a legislator told them that the train companies were more powerful than the federal government. My guess would be that the coastal route is longer and would delay freight. I don't think the power extends to Amtrak!
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From:laurawise
Date:October 21st, 2014 10:35 am (UTC)
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I know there used to be a train like that -- and yes, there should be again!

[hugs]
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From:kathyh
Date:October 20th, 2014 10:38 pm (UTC)
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That's an easy one :) The Orient Express to Istamboul would be my answer. My grandmother travelled to America several times on the great Atlantic liners and there are photos of her looking awfully smart, but the possibility of sea-sickness (which she suffered from) would put me off that.

Glad the wedding was good. Hope the month improves for you and next month is much better.
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From:laurawise
Date:October 21st, 2014 10:37 am (UTC)
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I have often dreamed about the Orient Express! An old boyfriend of mine actually took it into Russia, decades ago. :)

[hugs]
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From:laurawise
Date:October 21st, 2014 10:38 am (UTC)
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Why isn't there a train like that? It seems, just from the unscientific sampling of people on my friendslist, that there would be a demand for it!

Hugs hugs, Rainkatt!
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From:mamculuna
Date:October 21st, 2014 01:31 am (UTC)
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In an elegant airship, with fine drinks and decadent companions, floating over the desert to Cairo...

(edited for excessive elegance)

Edited at 2014-10-21 01:33 am (UTC)
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From:laurawise
Date:October 21st, 2014 10:38 am (UTC)
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Oh that's a GORGEOUS image! Thank you for sharing it!

[hugs]
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From:ljrags
Date:October 21st, 2014 01:38 am (UTC)
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Train. Absolutely. A few years ago the family and I took a train ride one beautiful fall day through North Georgia. The train was car after car of restored car. Not gorgeously restored; serviceable and enough left of their original state so you could imagine the dining car, the salon, the 2nd class, etc...

Definitely could understand the appeal of rail travel. Does the Orient Express still run? {G}
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From:laurawise
Date:October 21st, 2014 10:39 am (UTC)
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That does sound so lovely! We need more trains in the US.

[hugs]
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From:tx_cronopio
Date:October 21st, 2014 01:40 am (UTC)
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I'd like to take a transatlantic voyage, but not on some smarmy cruise line -- I want the full QE2 treatment, with dressing for dinner and romance under the stars.
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From:laurawise
Date:October 21st, 2014 10:40 am (UTC)
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Oooh, perfect! :)

Cheers and good thoughts, Cronopio.
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From:wildrider
Date:October 21st, 2014 01:58 am (UTC)
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Either the Trans-Atlantic airship, England to New York... or maybe by ship over the Mediterranean, from Cairo to France and thence to London. (Or both, starting in Cairo and ending in New York. At least, I had a character do that, and it sounded lovely!)

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From:laurawise
Date:October 21st, 2014 10:40 am (UTC)
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A second vote for an airship! I am becoming steadily more intrigued. :)

Hugs!
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From:wildrider
Date:October 22nd, 2014 03:41 am (UTC)
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When I was researching my vampire's story through the 30's, I read a lot about the dirigibles and travel aboard them, and it was rather sumptuous! No wonder every time someone writes up an alternate timeline, it remains the preferred mode of travel.
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From:mobile_alh
Date:October 21st, 2014 02:16 am (UTC)
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First class train trip on the Orient Express, of course...as far as it would take me.

I love trains.
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From:laurawise
Date:October 21st, 2014 10:42 am (UTC)
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Oh yes. How awesome!

And you know I love the idea of train travel. :)

[hugs hugs]
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From:laurawise
Date:October 22nd, 2014 12:08 pm (UTC)
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Teleportation tech and/or magic would be super-helpful, wouldn't it? :)
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From:claudia_yvr
Date:October 21st, 2014 02:23 am (UTC)
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I used to love to travel, whether for work or pleasure, but nowadays the destinations I most want to go to are unfortunately too unstable to visit. Plus air travel is quite tedious these days, and getting worse all the time.

Oh, to be able to go four or five decades back in time to travel by train from Hong Kong to Russia! I almost made the trip back when I was working in Tokyo. I met up with a Canadian friend in Hong Kong, but she was on a tight schedule and there was a delay in getting visas so we ended up spending the four weeks exploring Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Thailand instead. A few years later, I tried again with a different travelling companion but once again plans changed due to reasons beyond my control. Perhaps, one day, third time lucky.

May the last part of October be better than the first :-)

::hugs, hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:October 21st, 2014 10:43 am (UTC)
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Air travel really is unpleasant in a lot of ways, especially the security theatre around it.

I hope you do get to take a train from Hong Kong to Russia someday!

[hugs]
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From:janus_74
Date:October 21st, 2014 02:52 am (UTC)
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Orient Express or old-school cruise around the world. Anything that you need to dress up for dinner!
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From:laurawise
Date:October 21st, 2014 10:44 am (UTC)
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Perfect choices, T!

And cheers for your Tuesday. :)
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From:roguedemon
Date:October 21st, 2014 03:42 am (UTC)
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Hi there -- I am afraid I have been a major slacker on social media lately, and I apologize for that. I have caught up on your posts, and they were all as entertaining as usual. I am glad that it is really getting into fall now and you are able to wear your Uniform, which I highly approve of. ;) I have to say that the weather has been annoyingly and bizarrely warm here. It was 70 degrees F here yesterday. But we have had some cooler days, and it looks like it will finally start to get cooler by the end of the week. Until it goes below 60 and stays there, I can't really tolerate wearing boots, scarves, etc. all the time. I sweat.

Today I would pick Venice, Italy as my destination. :) I'd like to spend about a week there and do it in high style.

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From:laurawise
Date:October 21st, 2014 10:51 am (UTC)
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Hi! I hope you're feeling better. [hugs]

I have lived in the subtropics and the southern deserts so long that my blood has thinned -- I can manage boots and scarves once the temperature dips below 84 or so. (If I stay indoors most of the time...)

Hugs hugs!
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From:paratti
Date:October 21st, 2014 12:12 pm (UTC)
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The Silk Road, by camel:)

Though The Orient Express was a contender.

((Hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:October 22nd, 2014 12:09 pm (UTC)
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I can totally see you traversing the land on a camel! You have an adventurous spirit. :)

[hugs]
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From:paratti
Date:October 22nd, 2014 01:04 pm (UTC)
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I did a two day camel safari in the Thar desert from Jaisalmer in Rajastan, which was awesomecakes, and Jaislamer itself was like something out of the Arabian Knights.
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From:stateless82
Date:October 21st, 2014 09:49 pm (UTC)
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So many things sound wonderful in theory- Backroads by motorcycle, train rides through gorgeous, exotic scenery, jet-setting to hidden islands, road trips with friends through wine country, but reality keeps whapping me in the face so I'm probably more likely to pick taking a walk to the library.

I lost my sense of adventure a few years ago, I think.

There are a lot of places I'd like to see, but getting to them? That's another story.

Your trip, though, sounds fun. Exhausting, but fun.
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From:laurawise
Date:October 22nd, 2014 12:10 pm (UTC)
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The 'getting to the cool places' is ABSOLUTELY the sticking point!

And libraries are adventurous places too. :)

[all the hugs]

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