There can be only one contender. It's the West Highland Line from Fort William and there's only one way to do it. The Caledonian Sleeper.
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As we ambled along, a mighty TOOOT TOOOT! filled the valley.
Earlier in the year I blogged about travelling to Edinburgh by sleeper. But it's not the only Scottish sleeper train there is, for you can also go to the highlands by overnight rail too.
In a box in my house are a series of photo albums containing snapshots from my childhood, mostly taken by myself.
Prior to this year, I'd only ever taken one journey on a sleeper train. It was 2003 and we were in St Petersburg visiting my sister, and she decided we should go to Moscow for the day to see the sights. Lenin's Tomb, Red Square and so on. We'd arrive on the sleeper, spend the day there and arrive back in St Petersburg the following morning.
In the UK you can get most places in a reasonable time by train so why fly? The journey from London to Edinburgh is perhaps pushing it slightly, with a journey of four and a half hours. So trying the sleeper train to Edinburgh seemed a good idea.
When it comes to trains, nothing really evokes the romance of the sleeper. Of boarding a train, and of it whisking you through the night to another city, where an attendant gently wakes you crying "Good morning sir" before handing you your breakfast.
September 2009 marks a rather notable landmark in my life. For at the end of the month, it will be ten years since I first set up home in the capital city of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. But it wasn't my first visit - that was a few years earlier in spring 1996.
Paul Klee, rain, Einstein, rain, inability to order coffee, rain, pizza, rain, beer, no rain.
It's the last day in the saddle and the destination is Switzerland's capital, Bern.