Post Edited (Chutz) : 9/11/2008 11:43:20 AM (GMT-6)
Oh I so love this
Im so excited because for as long as I can remember I have always wanted to take a train ride on the Orient Express..Today I begin my journel on the Royal Scottsman a 7 day 6 night treck through the most beautiful county in the world Scotland! I have dreamed of this sence I was 12.
As I wait to board the train, I see many men dressed in there Kilts, bagpipes are playing, there melody is haunting and alluring, almost hypnotic. Taking me back to another time and place. I feel my skin tingle and chills run down my spine, I close my eyes and the smell of heather engulfs my sences. Its sweet and pugent.
All o'board my wonderful lasses and lads and welcome to Scotland, land of untold beauty and history aboud. Enter and enjoy!
As I enter the train I am awe struck by the beauty and luxery of the train. I feel like I have walked into a castel on wheels. 15 centry painting line the walls depicting the history of Scotland. Its trails and triumpts displayed in all its majesty. The colors are rich and warm, soothing and comforting. As I walk through the train to my sleeping car I pass through the dinning room decked out in all its glory. The china fit for a king, the smells wafing through to stimulate the sences making my stomach growl.
I enter my Car and am amazed that such a small space can be spectacular, red and gold throw pillows line the sleeping couch, worn antique rugs to keep the chill at bay. I feel the train start to move its gental swaying like the comfort of a bady being rocked in its mothers arms.
Looking out into the county side from my window watching towering pine clad mountions almost touching the sky, there reflection cast onto clad still lochs. making you wonder where one begins and the other ends.
I then here that dinner is served. Upon entering the dinning room the aromas are so enticing, I here many say this is the best food in all of Britian. The food is really quite exquisite, I eat intil I cant eat anymore.
After dinner, a local clansman recounts tales and legends that bring Scottish history alive. The views outside of rugged castles on misty hills, but within, guests are cocooned in a warmth and hospitality that is quintessential Scotland through and through. The people are warm and friendly all laughing and intent on the local clansmans tales. Some so eary that the mist outside bringing creadence to what our barb is recounting.
Im off to bed in my lurxury sleeping car, warm and snuggled in as the eary mist engulfs you and the tails and legends play though your mind intil you drift into sleep.
Upon waking I am so excited because I know we will be stopping in the higlands today to visit private residences or whisky distilleries, some of my highlights include privileged access and even a personal tour by the local laird. Oh wow I even get to see the Highland Games, I am so excited! Exhausted after a day packed full of the most amazing sites I go to the Observation Car, Its many windows give a panoramic view of the constantly changing country side.Comfortable sofas and armchairs are provided, the party ambience is enhanced by entertainment which creates a distinctly Scottish mood, a wee dram in hand, I spot a magnificent stag atop a heather-covered crag the sun setting in the background. The sky so close it seems like you can reach out and touch it. The colors rich reds and blues and yellows it truely is the most amazing sun set I have ever seen.. I feel like I have found my little peace of heaven.
This has been the dream of a life time! I will never forget it ever for as long as I live. I even have little peaces of heather pressed in my book of scotland, just a tangable reminder of my visit.
Thanks Chutzs I so needed that, I forgot sometimes its wonderful to dream and someday who knows dreams are meant to come true.