Recalling the Golden Age of Travel

Recalling the Golden Age of Travel

Colleen Quinn
Aug 29, 2008

As Escapes month draws to a close, we've been reflecting on travel and what it means to us. When we were little, we looked forward to taking trips, and for us, the vacation always began the moment we left the house. Whether we were flying or taking the train, the journey itself was as fun to us as arriving at our destination. We sometimes still get flashes of that feeling when leaving DC because the airports and train stations themselves help us recall that golden age of travel...

The soaring lines of Dulles Airport are truly inspiring, and the light that floods the concourse from the enornous windows keeps everything feeling bright and airy- the perfect feeling to inspire in passengers about to board an airplane.

With its sweeping view of the tarmac, the old terminal at National Airport once gave passengers a wonderful place to sit and watch the wonder of takeoff while waiting to embark on their own journey.

Of course, the realities of modern travel are quite different. That picture at Dulles were taken when we waited to pick up friends whose flight was almost 2 hours late. We had time to wander through the now unused portions of National when our gate-checked carryon bag missed the flight leaving us with nothing but a purse to carry when roaming the halls. Is it any wonder that most of us now consider the journey an ordeal that must be endured in order to get to our destination?

Still, we miss the romance and the sparkle that travel once created, and appreciate that the unique architecture of DC's airports and train station sometimes helps us recapture that feeling...

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