A Day at Union Station

Recently, I had scheduled an appointment in New York City and had made a reservation on Amtrak. Traveling by train in the U.S., where train travel is, as one European friend tactfully put it, "a third world experience," can be immensely enjoyable. There's legroom, you can walk around, you can see things, such as Delaware. The trip between Washington and New York by train takes about 3 hours and 20 minutes. (The high-speed Acela train takes about 3 hours, and costs twice as much).
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It’s the Big Easy, Chere..

I hadn’t been to New Orleans since…oh…1995. Living in Atlanta at the time, it was fairly easy to visit — a 7 hour drive, even if you do have to drive across Alabama and part of Mississippi to get there. But as most people probably know, the Big Easy got whacked, big-time last year by Hurrican Katrina. Continue reading →