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Night trains are great for kids, says Robert Pimm. Adults may find them a little less glamorous
Financial Times, August 20 2005
It’s awkward, leaving your children unattended in a night train compartment after lights-out. But sometimes you have no choice. I’m gone only a few moments. When I return, a man is there, taking off his coat. The light is blazing.
Lech, Austria – Photo Robert Pimm
“Sorry,” I say, “we’ve booked this whole compartment.”
“No.” The man and his suitcases seem to fill the space between the bunks. “I am here too. Look. Here is my ticket.”
Robert Pimm on the unspoilt charm of Lech
Financial Times, March 26 2004
There is something about a charabanc that yells “holiday!” And the views from the big yellow bus are breathtaking: as we climb through the cosy resort of Stuben, the hairpins and avalanche tunnels of the road to Lech come into view, burrowing up through ice-capped cliffs.
Lech is staggeringly picturesque – picture Robert Pimm
The gradient of the road and the number of skiers clambering aboard fuel the familiar mix of dread and anticipation that for me marks the start of every ski adventure. “Soon we’ll be skiing,” says Owen, aged 11. “I can’t wait.” It’s his fifth visit to Lech. “I’m glad we took the bus, not a taxi,” says Anna, nine, also on her fifth visit. “It’s a tradition.”
Tradition and return visits are what Lech is all about. An astonishing (more…)