Five hundred miles is quite a way to go. I don’t mind driving and I have driven over 500 miles in the past, New York to Disney World in Orlando, Florida twice, but at this stage of my life, it wouldn’t be my preferred method of transportation. Air travel on the other hand, would be the quickest way to get 500 miles under my belt but air travel is not what it used to be. It was civilized and exciting 20 years ago. The seats were larger, people were less stressed, things were free. It was pleasant. Nowadays it is stressful to the millionth degree from start to finish. I know that next year when I get to go to France, (finally) I am not looking forward to the plane ride but it is the only way across the Atlantic Ocean.

My ultimate dream for traveling 500 miles would be to take the Orient Express. I don’t know much about it, aside from the wonderful Agatha Christie mystery titled “Murder on the Orient Express”, but after taking the TGV first class, several times in France, I’ve decided that train travel is the only way to go. I’ve taken Amtrak to and from Boston to New York, it’s okay, but it is nothing like the train in France. Hopefully, one of these years, the Americans will embrace high-speed rail like in Europe. Once you experience it, you don’t want to go back to driving or show trains or buses. Trains are great and one of these decades I will take a wonderful vacation aboard on the Orient Express from start to finish wherever that may be. I’m adventurous.