Travelling by train through Europe: more than 4’500 kilometers (almost 3’000 miles) of travelling by train to the Outer Hebrides in the north of Scotland.
Coming from Paris, Lille, and Calais, we arrive in London Charing Cross after an endless train ride from Dover with stops at every small station. The English railway stations often have beautiful roofs with Victorian iron ornaments. The similarity of these constructions to the railway stations in India is obvious – no wonder, both were constructed by British engineers 160 years ago.
To eat well in England you should have breakfast three times a day.
–W. Somerset Maugham
Who complains about English food? We had the best fish in Dover, and London is a paradise anyway: great pub food, Italian, Indian, Sushi, whatever you like is there. And there is an endless choice of beer breweries.
For the night train trip to Inverness, I bought Keith Richards’s autobiography. An interesting read about his dedication to music, open guitar tunings, and working without sleep for days. At London Euston, we enter the Caledonian Sleeper which will bring us to Scotland overnight. What a great train! More about that later.