Do you like trams in cities?

@mipen2006 (5528)
Australia
March 26, 2009 10:07pm CST
I was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, a beautiful city with a huge and convenient network of trams. I'm returning there in June for the first time in fifteen years, and one of the first things I intend to do is take my Thai wife on a tramride. Probably the restaurant car that tours Melbourne in th evening. Trains are a great way of getting quickly from point A to point B. But one rarely enjoys the trip. Whereas, on a tram you can take in all the shops, scenery, and observe the locals scampering around. There are probably many myLotters who have never ridden a tram. Have you? Do you like trams?
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
27 Mar 09
We live in Perth and my husband is Victorian so we have visited Melbourne many times. We take a scenic tram ride every time we visit and my daughter and I love it! My husband's family lives outside of Melbourne so we are rarely in the city in the evenings although my husband has promised me a meal on the restaurant car next time we go. In my home town in Italy, where I was born we had trams and there is the memory of 'the lost shoe' that comes to mind every time I see one. It happened when I was around 3 years old. My dad had me in his arms while we were waiting to cross the street. I was wearing my favourite gold ballerina shoes and lo and behold without my dad noticing one of my shoes fell off my foot onto the road only to be promptly run over by a tram! As you can imagine there was not much left of it and there were many tears that day plus a new pair of gold shoes. I love trams they bring back good childhood memories and ....lost shoes!
@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
27 Mar 09
Thank you for that interesting little story. My daughter and her family live in Greenwood, a Perth suburb, and I love the place. But I think most of us have a special place in our hearts for our birth place. Mine was Hawthorn, an eastern Melbourne suburb. I hope to show my wife my birth place when we visit in June.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
27 Mar 09
Greenwood is not too far from us. We are planning (if all goes well) to visit Melbourne again at Christmas. My husband is from Tatura in Vic. near Shepparton. Your wife will love Melbourne I'm sure! Cheers!
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
30 Mar 09
Actually, the Melbourne part of the exercise will be a holiday. The rest will be spent house minding, starting in Bendigo \, Victoria, and maybe finishing in West Australia in 2010. It's all part of satisfying government requirements, so I can recieve my pension in Thailand.
@ctrlor (76)
• China
31 May 09
I have not seen the stram. and I don't like the train in the China.It is so crown.In some litte train station almostly nobody queue. But I believe the situaion will leave in the future!
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
31 May 09
I have never been to China, so I don't know what trains are like there, I think most people travel by bus in China. Is that right?
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
1 Apr 09
I love trams. They have trams in many places in Europe. I USA I think I saw one in Memphis and San Francisco. Fun to ride. I know that Melbourne has the longest trams systems. HUGS
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
2 Apr 09
Nice to hear from you polachicago, and it's equally as nice to hear you share my passion for trams. Thanks for the response.
@dangaroo (234)
30 Mar 09
Trams are good, I was happy to see them re-introduced to my hometown Sheffield and I enjoy the ones where I live now. I think I'm more into metro/tube/undergrounds - there's something I like about the escalators! My personal favourite would have to be trolleybuses though, there's something special about them.
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
30 Mar 09
Thanks for the input, dangaroo. Yes, trolleybuses are OK, but I still think the old style tram is more romantic. I also love the double-decker buses of London. Your love of escelators is a new one on me.
@maximax8 (28570)
• United Kingdom
28 Mar 09
I really like trams and where my sister used to live there was a modern tram system. They were such fun to ride on and my favorite place to sit was at the front. I went on a tram with my ex-boyfriend in Blackpool. I am very keen on traveling and have been to cities that have trams overseas. I have ridden trams in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Budapest and Lisbon. When I was in Hong Kong I loved ridding on the old trams. In San Francisco there is a very steep tram trip that is quite thrilling that I have been on. In Christchurch there is a historic tram that I very much enjoyed riding on. I went on the trams when I was in Melbourne and I also liked ridding on the tram that runs in Adelaide. Whether it is old or new ridding on a tram is a great experience. I think that your wife will like the trams in Melbourne.
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
29 Mar 09
Thanks for the input max. I love old trams also, and I think there's something romantic about old trams, and I believe trams create a romantic atmosphere in cities, much the same as gondolas used to in Venice. I say 'used to' because I don't know whether they still operate. Maybe you can enlighten me.
@snowy22315 (54337)
• United States
27 Mar 09
I like trains and trams. I havent taken one lately but I do enjoy them and think they are great. I just havent been on one lately. I hope that I can ride on one again. i do think they are fun and I enjoy their noise.
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
27 Mar 09
I must admit I think they're a nuisance when I'm driving, but other than that ther're a great relaxing means of transport. Thanks for your reply.