If you think the 70 mile Christmas trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem, by donkey and foot, couldn’t have been much fun, compare it with the 50 mile trip from Edinburgh to Dundee in 1848 …..
You took train no.1, from Edinburgh Waverley down to Granton harbour on the south bank of the river Forth.
You got off the train and onto ferry-boat no.1 which, weather permitting, took you across to Burntisland on the north bank of the Forth.
You got off the ferry-boat and onto train no. 2 which took you across Fife to Tayport on the south bank of the river Tay.
You got off the train and onto ferry-boat no. 2, which took you across to Broughty Ferry harbour on the north bank of the Tay.
You got off the ferry-boat and into a horse-drawn omnibus, which took you to Broughty Ferry railway station.
You got off the omnibus and onto train no. 3, which took you the last three miles into Dundee.
You got off the train, collapsed in a heap on the platform, and paid a porter to carry you, as well as your luggage, to your final destination …..
Will there ever be frustration-less travelling – dream on !
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