As a treat for our visitor from Germany — a friend met by Younger Daughter many years ago when they were both on a working ‘holiday’ (ha ha) as chambermaids, waitresses etc at Inversnaid Hotel on the banks of Loch Lomond in Scotland, we took a tourist trip on our own steam (petrol) to Durban Station, and then employed train, bus, and a goodly walk from the bus to Salt Rock Hotel where we lunched. The kids swam, but the wind was howling so the rest of us abstained.
As a summary, a pleasant enough outing, but one that does not measure up to those starting in the Midlands or going inland or south.Here is the gallery:
Durban Station is a mixture of a dungeon, a tunnel, and something out of a horror movie.
The route goes directly behind Moses Mabhida Stadium, giving a close-up view from a new angle.
Crossing the Umgeni River north of Durban.
Then one sees some temples, lots of shacks and factories, and quantities of artistically strewn litter.
There are a few areas where Nature is left to look quite pleasant.
These are mainly where the sugar cane farms reign supreme.
When the scenes out of the windows are uninspiring, one can always turn to what is on telly – train tracks ahead or behind.
The bridge over the line provides some of the best views of the trip.
Note that in the whole trip, not a glimpse of sea is seen on the scene. Only ponds or streams known as rivers locally.
A walk to join the buses, which were crammed to the rooftops. Our bus gave up on the way back when it failed to summit a hill, and had to choose a less steep route.
The beach at last, which has crowds braving the gale at the mouth of a ‘river’. A good walk still awaited us to the hotel.
At the hotel, some rather pleasant rock pools with walls that break the considerable force of those waves. Wait for it …
… thar she blows!
And another view of the rock pools. A delight in perfect weather, as we can attest.
© 27th December Colonialist
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I enjoy train travel and although I prefer beautiful agricultural land or ocean views, it really is ALL interesting to me! Your final ocean destination is extremely appealing! Truly lovely!
A pity that beach isn’t reached through more scenic country and with a steam train, though.
Ah for the good old days of steam trains; the young, and some of the not so young now, have no idea of the thrill and excitement they miss out on.
I shall take with me to my dying day the thrill of riding on the footplate, and sounding the horn, of a steam engine, long, long ago, 50 years ago, in fact, come 2018.
That is indeed a memory to cherish; one that has been denied me.
I think I would enjoy that. Well, not the mingling with people bit, but the scenery is interesting.
Train travel is fun, indeed, and although the views were not as interesting as on previous trips we all enjoyed it. Prefer the old choo-choo, though. This was a conventional modern engine.
I’d nave have taken you for an anti-social bugger EJ.
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How very beautiful
It is, actually. Good to be reminded not to take it too much for granted.
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