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The constraints of employment have always prevented "the much more enriching travel". My farming family almost never travelled because they couldn't leave the farm.

What would "much more enriching travel" look like? How would people achieve it? How would we get there from here?

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Mar 26th, 2007 at 05:34:16 AM EST
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I would compare and contrast a train travel along the Rhine valley between Cologne and Frankfurt (scenery upon scenery) to one along the new high-speed line between the two (some nice short views of mountains and valleys, but in no small part sound barriers -- or tunnels), maybe even stops along the way for the first. (The same for car drivers: compare a travel along an old country road to one along a highway.) While I am not against high-speed rail (and until there is air travel, I won't accept arguments against them based on our age of haste), I do see where the argument comes from.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Mar 26th, 2007 at 06:33:16 AM EST
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To say it yet another way: while I am enthusiastic about the 57 km Gotthard Base Tunnel built in Switzerland, which will greatly accelerate both freight and passenger traffic, should I go to Switzerland again as tourist and travel to -- say -- Lugano, I'd go on the old mountain line even if only local trains remain.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Mar 26th, 2007 at 06:46:54 AM EST
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