Tuesday, 25 October 2011

orient chic

Images via various sources (Pret a Voyager (images 3-6) and The Orient Express)

One of the definate items on my bucket list is a trip on the Venice Simplon Orient Epress, from Paris to Venice. How incredibly wonderful and chic that would be.

The 'Orient Express' Story

A landmark moment in railway history, October 1883 saw the launch of the original Orient Express. Leaving from Paris, it steamed through the Alps, Budapest and Bucharest to Constantinople.
Packed with grandees and unheard of luxuries such as soap by the washbasins, reports swiftly came back of its exquisite food, excellent wine and impeccable service.
This legendary train continued to carry kings, celebrities and shady characters between great European cities up until its 1920s heyday. Many of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express's current carriages date from this era. After World War II other forms of transport nudged it into decline. Its last service as a regular passenger train was in May 1977.

The fabled luxury train was however saved by entrepreneur and rail enthusiast, James B. Sherwood. In 1977 he bought two of the train's carriages at a Sotheby's auction in Monte Carlo.

The next few years were spent locating, purchasing and restoring some 35 vintage carriages. In May 1982 the legend was reborn when the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express made its maiden run from London to Venice.

Today, the gleaming carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express luxury train continue to transport passengers across Europe in exquisite surroundings on one of the most celebrated and romantic journeys in the world.

Additional Links recommended by Anne from Pret a Voyager

 Train Living

Digesting Orient Express

 A journey like no other on the Orient Express

Thanks Anne!


Prêt à Voyager said...

Hi Priscilla,

I'm happy to see the Orient Express getting such great press. Thank you for updating the post to credit Prêt à Voyager specifically (my images are 3-6). It may be nice to update the other "here" to say Orient Express (I'm a big fan of crediting sources and giving credit where credit is due, especially since they put so much hard work into this campaign).

Here are a few additional links your readers may enjoy:


With love... said...

Thanks Anne,
The additional links are great.


odes said...

Love the pictures and the idea of making this trip! xoxo


That would be so amazing! So funny, I was just dreaming about that this weekend while I was on the train on down to DC.

Have a great Tuesday, sweetie! :) xoxo

the nyanzi report said...

fabulous post and great links too from one of your commenters.

Caroline said...

re: Thanks.
Inspiring post!

classiq said...

I am fascinated by train journeys and a dedicated a post a couple of weeks ago to this subject, an Orient Express ride from Paris to Venice is definitely on my wish list too. :)

Meta Musings said...

that would be super fabulous!


Anonymous said...

So prissy!! When are we going :)
Xxx Eve


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