Planes and Trains: Waystations of the World

Views from the places I pass through as I travel from friend to friend…

Detroit Airport, Michigan USA

The circular theme reminds me of the record industry – modern, cool…

San Francisco International Terminal

Extremely busy and crowded, but I found a sleek haven in the Virgin Club

Fiji International Airport

A very welcoming place, even in the wee hours of the morning. The airport is located in ‘Nadi’, but it’s pronounced ‘Nannndi’. This made for an interesting conversation at customs when I tried to explain where I will be.

Lovely welcome to Fiji

Republic of Korea’s Incheon International Airport






From Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, I was to take the TGV train to Lille. Fortunately, the train station is located within the airport, making it very easy to transition.


Since my friends picked me up at the train station in Lille, France, and we traveled around Belgium by car, I don’t have any photographs of airports or train stations there. Cycling was the preferred means of transportation:


The TGV high speed train transported me from Lille into London, where I crossed the city via the Underground before taking the Great Western Railway to Taunton. All this with 80 pounds of baggage (no worries!)

Here I am at the start, in Lille’s TGV station:

Leaving France, the weather was not great:


Leaving my train at the picturesque London St Pancras Station… from which I took the Underground to Paddington Station.

View from the Great Western Railway en route to Taunton… weather is a bit better. I find it so peaceful to watch this scene, with the clouds moving relatively slowly compared with the ground:

Departing England via DeHavilland DHC-8 Dash from Exeter Airport:

Glasgow, Scotland

North Uist in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland

Wondering if this was the ferry I was originally going to take:

Returning to Glasgow on a smaller prop jet, which fortunately had more head room in the aisle. Note the interesting effects of the camera on propeller blades in flight:

Heading Home: Glasgow > Reykjavik > Boston

Looking out the window, enjoying views of Scotland and Iceland:

…and finally arriving home, complete with the ‘heavy bag’ label and a beautiful sunset over Cambridge…