Travel by Train for the Environment and Inspiration

Travel by Train for the Environment and Inspiration

Trent Johnson
Jul 2, 2009

Layovers and travel delays can be a drag unless you're "stuck" at a cool place. Imagine spending your layover sipping coffee under a domed atrium with a 4,000 square meter tropical garden with exotic plants and palm trees, or a station surrounded by water on three sides, supported by a foundation of 1,100 wooden beams hammered into the seabed. You can, if you choose the right spot...

What better place to search for inspiration for your home than while traveling abroad? Antiques and decorating ideas are plentiful, and if you're stuck somewhere, it might be somewhere really unique.

Below are a few of our picks chosen from "The Top Ten Train Stations Where You Wouldn't Mind Being Delayed," compiled by the Sarah Gorden at the Daily Mail.

Haydarpasa, Istanbul
"Istanbul's Eastern station is built on 1,100 wooden beams hammered into the sea bed and is surrounded by water on three sides. Built as a gift to the Sultan Abdülhamid II by German Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1908, the castle-like structure not only has a stunning interior but also boasts views across the water. The station even has its own ferry dock, so if you've missed a connection you can head out on the water for some great photo opportunities before returning for your train."

Ushuaia Station, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
"Known as the train station at the end of the world Ushuaia Station is located in a valley in the Tierra del Fuego National Park on the bank of the Pipo River. The station certainly seemed to be at the end of the world for prisoners sent to labour camps in the area during the early 20th century. A much more inviting destination now, there's a model Little Prisoner's Train and spectacular views for those who wait for the luxury steam train that takes them on a tour of the local region."

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, India
"One of Mumbai's most popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites is actually its principal train station. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, once known as the Victoria Terminus, boasts a spectacular stone dome, turrets and arches that would put London's Victoria station to shame. Delayed? Not a problem - while away the hours wandering the immense station inspecting unusual wood carvings, tiles and ornamental railings. The 19th century building, which took around ten years to construct, became the symbol of the 'Gothic City' which was the first commercial port in India."

See the other 7 here at the Daily Mail.

First Photo via Wikipedia.

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