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Venice Simplon - Orient Express

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A picture I took at Venice train station some time ago.

 

Read more about the "Orient Express" here below...

 

The above photo has been shot with the Samsung NX11,

provided by Samsung Electronics. Co., Ltd.

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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.

 

But then, a new era dawned…

 

The fabled luxury train was 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 and $16 million 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.

 

The world of the Orient-Express is now truly international and passengers can enjoy a similar luxury experience on board the British Pullman and Northen Belle day trains around the United Kingdom, The Royal Scotsman luxury train in the Scottish Highlands, Eastern & Oriental Express luxury train in South East Asia and the Road To Mandalay Cruise in Burma (Myanmar).

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Taken on September 4, 2011