Traveling isn’t normally the best part of a holiday, but
here are five places where there’s been some effort ploughed into making the
journey more interesting.
An art gallery in an airport. Yes, really. Schiphol contains
a small (one room) offshoot of the Rijksmuseum – the main gallery in Amsterdam,
with exhibitions rotating every few months. What’s better is the big shop below
it, so you can stock up on souvenirs without it affecting your baggage
Underground’s normally less fun than overground, but
traveling the Athens Metro is like going to a museum on a little train.
Building the lines took ages because the workers kept hitting ancient relics –
and instead of filing them away in some dusty museum, they’ve kept many of them
on site, meaning that the metro stations become mini museums themselves. The
thoroughly modern architecture housing the ancient artifacts makes a stunning
OK so it’s not strictly public transport, since most Cubans
will get the bus, but the shared taxi system in Havana is like a museum on
wheels. If it’s your first time in Cuba, you may be disappointed to realize
that not everyone drives vintage cars – half the motors are 80s Ladas – but
share a taxi and you’ll almost certainly get an old one. There’s no need to
share, of course – if public transport isn’t your thing, simply get your own
and practice your James Dean pout.
London Underground in London, England
The London Underground system may make getting round the
capital a synch, but it’s bearable at best, and horrendous at worst (in rush
hour, in the summer, your head stuffed in someone unwashed’s armpit). Luckily
the powers that be try to make it slightly more bearable with Poems from the
Underground – literally a collection of poems doing the rounds and popping up
sporadically. You might see one on a station platform or, hopefully, in place
of an advert in a carriage while you’re trying to ignore your rapidly
increasing claustrophobia. And breathe…
Metro System in Moscow, Russia
That the Moscow Metro’s two nicknames are the Underground
Palace and the Palace for the People should tell you something. Built in the
Stalinist era, it was made to glorify the regime, and the walls were plastered
in mosaics. Taking a trip underground now is like stepping back in time with
murals depicting ideal Soviet life.
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