ed­i­tor ’s note

Lonely Planet (UK) - - Editor’s Note - PETER GRUNERT, GROUP ED­I­TOR @pe­ter_­grunert pe­tervg73

The won­der­ful woman who’s long been my wife has had to tol­er­ate sev­eral of my pe­cu­liar­i­ties over the years, just one of which is an in­abil­ity to cope with heights. Sharmila re­alised this in our early days of dat­ing, when we spot­ted that some oiks had thrown a pet rab­bit on the roof of her flat: I headed up a lad­der in a dis­play of false bravado be­fore re­al­is­ing that my bal­ance had so dis­ap­peared, I needed her to res­cue both me and Thumper. So it is with a ner­vous wince that I’ll now warn/ad­vise of what’s in the pages of this is­sue. Alexan­der Howard, the man­ag­ing ed­i­tor of our Amer­i­can edi­tion and writer of our Colorado Great Es­cape (p83), pushed his own bound­aries in a ver­ti­cal di­rec­tion by tack­ling a via fer­rata near the town of Tel­luride. As you’ll learn in his fea­ture, the views from this route of steel rungs knocked into a vast cliff­side are won­drous, yet the feel­ing while grip­ping through sweaty palms ‘is one of pure ter­ror’. Ex­pect scant re­lief from high-al­ti­tude an­tics as you leaf on­wards to our se­lec­tion of Europe’s best rail jour­neys (p94): trains rang­ing from old shunters to lux­ury ex­presses ven­ture be­tween the Pi­cos de Europa in Spain, the French Pyre­nees, the Swiss Alps and the lofty icescapes of Nor­way.

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