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Trip Report No Murder - But a Wonderful Experience on the Orient Express!

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Watching Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile had inspired me in the past for a travel adventure to Egypt. Then I saw Murder on the Orient Express which put the train on my list. Just got to fulfill that wish item.

DH and I took the Venice-Simplon Orient Express from Paris to Venice 4/27/15. We decided on the single overnight trip for a couple of reasons: 1) wow is it expensive; and 2) about one night is all I can go without a shower! No ensuites here - the original cars restored with one toilet and sink in each sleeping car at the end. Our plan included taking the Orient Express to Venice and then going on for our Tuscany vacation.

We arrived at Gare de L'Est at 9:30 p.m. and checked in. The check-in desk is right at the platform where the train departs. Because the train hadn't yet arrived, they escorted us to their lounge where we were treated to wine of choice. They had provided in advance luggage tags for our luggage so that was whisked away from us (including our in stateroom bags) so we didn't have to worry about them. Once the train arrived and was ready to board, they sent someone to escort us to our train car.

I was so excited. All of the staff were lined up outside of the train in their blue and gold uniforms. Stepping into our cabin was memorable. It was very small - yes. The wood was beautiful. There was a small closet in the corner that had a sink with linen hand towels and toiletries for your use. A little fan up toward the ceiling for you to turn on if warm. Small switches for the lights and to call your room steward if needed. The overhead rack held our cabin luggage which amount to about a 21" roll-a-board. We had ordered some champagne and the bucket was there with two crystal glasses with the VS logo on them.

Dinner was at 11:00 p.m. Maneuvering for the two of us to dress for dinner on a moving train was a hoot. Still it was fun. DH was dapper in his tuxedo and I don't think I looked too bad myself in my sequined dress.

We dined in the dining car called Etoile du Nord. It was beautiful. I walked in (again interesting on the moving train) and expected to see Hercule Poirot waiting at my table. No such luck, but there was a very nice English couple we met and enjoyed our dining experience with for the night. Food was wonderful and the wine flowed. From there we walked through other cars to the bar car where we were till the wee hours of the morning.

Back to the cabin for bed. Now the seat had been converted to two bunks with a little ladder. Up I went after brushing teeth and making a trip down the hall to the bathroom. I couldn't help then but to notice the small magazine rack on the wall convenient for the upper bunk, while the lower bunk had a small net strung for books, glasses or other essentials. Some very clever nooks and crannies.

Up the next morning to a wonderful breakfast and to a day of breathtaking scenery. Lunch in a different dining room - again beautiful. Afternoon tea in our stateroom.

We arrived in Venice at approximately 6:00 p.m. the next day. A memorable experience - even without a murder!

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