Dating waterford crystal
Dating waterford crystal
Just name your pleasure in the Observation Bar Car, and the genial bartenders can whip it up — everything from specialty cocktails using gunpowder gin to Manhattans and whiskey sours for bourbon lovers, such as myself.About the only thing they can’t conjure up is the lifeblood of Ireland, Guinness on tap, as there is no room for kegs, but they do have a supply of draught in cans.
I left Dublin’s Heuston Station for a two-night “Taste of Ireland” tour (north to Belfast on the first day and south to Cork on the second), but there is also a four-night “Loughs and Legends.” The two itineraries can also be combined for a real Irish adventure.
There is something about trains that has captivated me since childhood.
Maybe it’s the gentle rocking back and forth as it crisscrosses the country; maybe it’s the mournful sound of the train’s whistle in the night, with its promise of places yet to be seen — and perhaps, best of all, it’s the knowledge that I’m not squeezed into a seat on a plane. S., I’m not able to indulge my passion for trains much, which makes it all the more wonderful when I’m somewhere where I can.
My dining companions ranged from an Ohio couple and a Californian to a lady from Edinburgh and a gentleman from Paris.
The train’s public spaces ensure that Ireland’s greatest poet, William Butler Yeats, had it right when he wrote, “There are no strangers here; only friends you haven’t yet met.” Once the frolicking ends and it’s time to retire for the night, guests make their way to one of 20 ensuite cabins that combine traditional design and modern amenities.
I found that many of those aboard didn’t really care where they were going; it was the train itself that was the appeal.
Limited to just 40 passengers, and with a multinational staff dedicated to fulfilling your every wish, it seems like one giant house party on wheels.
That most recent somewhere was Ireland, and the train wasn’t your common garden variety type, but the Belmond Grand Hibernian.
Officially launched August 2016, the Grand Hibernian is a sister train of other Belmond acquisitions: the Venice-Simplon Orient Express and the Royal Scotsman.
I loved the warmth of my cabin and it’s comfortable bed, although I have to admit the bathroom provided some challenges — most notably taking a shower without bruising elbows and barking shins.
Though some train aficionados don’t care where they go, I’m as enamored of the destinations as I am of getting there.
Wood paneling and original watercolors are softened by the addition of soft woolen throws and vases of fresh posies.