Travel

This frail vessel thou emptiest again and again, and fillest it ever with fresh life. This little flute of a reed thou hast carried over hills and dales, and hast breathed through it melodies eternally new….

Thy infinite gifts come to me only on those very small hands of mine. Ages pass, and still thou pourest, and still there is room to fill.  -Rabindranath Tagore, Gitanjali

 

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A high Alpine resort town in Switzerland

Some places on earth are simply unlike anywhere else. The mere mention of their name is strangely compelling and brings to mind all manner of stunning imagery. St. Moritz is one such place –  1,856 metres above sea level, in the heart of the spectacular Upper Engadin lakes district, where the notion of winter holidays and present-day winter sports were born, and where Olympic Winter Games were held on two occasions.

The Glacier Express is probably the most famous and most luxurious of all the Swiss panorama trains. It revels in the claim that it is the slowest express train in the world. Passengers ride this train with its panoramic windows and at-seat restaurant service for the journey and not just to arrive, even though Glacier Express destinations such as Zermatt, Davos and St Moritz count amongst the most popular and most glamorous Swiss Alpine resorts. The complete Glacier Express route between St Moritz and Zermatt takes around 8 hours. En route, the trains cover 291 km, cross 291 bridges or viaducts and pass through 91 tunnels. The Glacier Express trains run usually three times per day in each direction during summer and once per day in winter.

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The Bernina Express is a train connecting Chur (or Davos) in Switzerland to Poschiavo in Switzerland and Tirano in Italy by crossing the Swiss Engadin Alps. For most of its journey, the train also runs along the World Heritage Site known as the Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes. I took the Bernina Express from Tirano to Chur and then to Zurich.