Friday, February 14, 2014

Fantasy Getaway: Orient Express

I’ll have to credit my sweet hubby for telling me about a retro train that you can take from London to Venice via Paris. What he discovered is actually the Venice Simplon-Orient Express which offers luxury train journeys to Venice, Paris, London, Brussels, Bucharest, and Istanbul. The trains cars are works art in the Art Deco style and they are restored original cars from the 1920’s and 30’s. Throughout history, the Orient Express is the transportation setting for aristocracy, royalty, spies, and artists- in fiction and reality. A journey across the European continent would be a delightful experience with a romantic step back in time to the golden age of travel and the panoramic views of the ever changing landscape enroute. Such a journey does coutte trop chère for the train ride alone, so it will have fall into the fantasy category for now and it makes for a perfect fantasy get away post. 

As the travel literature states “you can never be overdressed aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient Express”. Music to my day dreamers ears! The fine dining and exquisite wines served are "uncompromisingly luxurious" and would make you forget about the 2 star Air Canada service you got on your way to catch the train.. only if you counted pretzels and beverages service. Wardrobe for all occasions on board? I picture Audrey Tatous’s style in her Chanel #5 commercials or Marion Cotillard in Dior’s Lady Blue Shanghai mini movie… and of course, this jacket as worn by my hero, Christine Centenera. Just lovely...

Definitely, we have an Orient Express journey on our bucket list or just for kicks, I may suggest it to my friends for our 40th birthday trip... if one of us wins the lottery! hehe :)

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