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My work keeps me in Hong Kong most of the year, but I do try to get away for a month in summer－usually July. Now as you probably know that's the main holiday season in Europe, the favourite places for holiday and the famous cities are usually very crowded. But I'm not seeking(寻求) the sun－I get plenty of sunshine in Hong Kong －and I'm certainly not seeking the crowds !So when I go on holiday I buy a Train Pass (a sort of train ticket) that allows me first class travel on most of the railways of western Europe. First class compartments(车厢)are hardly crowded and they are very comfortable. If you're going on an overnight journey you can take a sleeping train for some extra money. There are usually dining cars in the train.
I find that train travel is restful and interesting. There's always something to see. I particularly enjoy travelling through Switzerland and Italy. You can get a very good idea of what a country is like from a train; you don't go too fast and you stop quite often. Also rail travel is safe and I am never sick on a train as I am on a ship! Then there are always people to talk to if you feel like a chat(闲聊)。
The reason that I seldom travel by plane is quite simple: as train stations are usually built in the city centre, I don't have to worry about transport(交通);transport can be a problem when arriving by air.