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Dreams do come true……part 2

Making our way back to our compartment on the Orient Express after a night cap in the Bar Car…a frisson of mystery and intrigue as we pass closed doors along the way…

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Since leaving for dinner dressed in formal attire, our compartment has been transformed from sitting room to bedroom –

the shade lowered over the window,

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the beds made up in sumptuous linens.

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All is prepared for a restful night’s sleep.

But…I do not intend to sleep!!!  I switch on the reading lamp near my pillow and settle in between the linen sheets.  The tiny space, the motion and murmur of the train, the muted sounds of movement in the corridor,  the half dark in the compartment… all conspire to create a surreal atmosphere.  I would love to freeze this moment in time…  I read on, imagining that I am part of the tale, at this very moment hearing M. Poirot pass by…. 

Alas, time cannot be stopped – no snow drifts across the tracks to halt the train mid-journey.  The shade at the window is edged now with the faint glow of dawn.  I raise the shade, determined not to miss a moment as we pass through Switzerland into northern Italy.

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Time is short.  We savor the last hours on board the train.

Soon we will transfer by water taxi to the Hotel Danieli on the Riva degli Shiavoni in Venice, just steps from the Piazza San Marco…

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….and the dream continues!

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Dreams do come true………part 1

Since childhood I have been captivated by a good mystery!   Charlie Chan (Warner Oland was my favorite in the role), and Sherlock Holmes with Basil Rathbone, always won out over the Mouseketeers.  I day-dreamed of afternoon tea at 221 B Baker Street with Sherlock and Dr. Watson, served by their landlady, Mrs. Hudson.

Though not on film when I was a child, the mystery on the train was my favorite – yes, the Orient Express!  To step back in time when travel was a grand adventure, to be savored as part of the experience, not just a means to an end.

A recent chance encounter with M. Hercule Poirot on PBS….with murder on the quintessential train, recaptured the essence of the dream…..

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Planning a significant anniversary sojourn in Europe some years ago – from Paris to Venice to Zagreb to Zurich – how best to travel from Paris to Venice….on the Venice Simplon Orient Express of course!!!!

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the Gare de Lyon in Paris,

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the restaurant – Le Train Bleu,

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the storied train.

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Our compartment…

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the sumptuous upholstery and the antimacassar

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‘dressing’ for dinner

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music and digestifs in the lounge…..

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all the while anticipating the night to be spent in the upper berth….reading….Agatha Christie’s  Murder on the Orient Express!!!!

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