Saturday 20 October 2012 - Saturday 20 October 2012
Finally, finally, finally.... a first class train with first class service! Although Todd and I have 'First Class' Eurorail passes, the 'first class' is very subjective. In most of the countries we have travelled, the trains have had no first class cars whatsoever - so first class is irrelevant. Other times, there are first class cars on the train, but the term is used very, very loosely, and basically just allows you to have an assigned seat versus the usual 'free for all' that ensues in 2nd class. Other than nice scenery, the train rides so far have been less than spectacular (old trains, dirty, over crowded) and generally just a necessary means of transport rather than a luxurious part of our vacation ... until today. The standard of train service seems to differ significantly in Eastern Europe vs. Western Europe and today we are fortunate to be travelling through Austria, on our way back to the Czech Republic; we are on a "RailJet" train in first class. It's such a new train it even has the new car smell (I guess in this case, the new train smell?!). And, although there is a dining car, we also have in-seat service with an attractive rail attendant, (similar to a flight attendant), serving us meals and drinks (with real dishes, glass wear, and cutlery.) The scenery in Austria is also spectacular, even more so with all the fall colours. The only thing missing is the soundtrack to "The Sound of Music."