Saturday, 13 April 2013

Romance on Rails

For the first time ever the celebrated Orient-Express has included Stockholm in one of its glamorous journeys. And as the legendary train glided out of the Swedish capital yesterday bound for Copenhagen and beyond, I was onboard for a lavish overnight experience.

Welcoming us at Stockholm station Platform 10
yesterday were Giulio Stix and Lucy Clark


We were in for a journey of exquisite pampering

In art deco carriages that take you back in time
to the 20s and 30s

And now for a welcome drink in vintage milieu...

Enjoying the ambience of the piano bar

Discreet style
Harmonious surroundings

And then for a four course repast in the antique dining car, glassware and silverware glittering

All dressed up and ready for a beautiful dinner
Fillet of veal was the main

Attentive service

White chocolate mousse

Afterwards more time for passengers to socialize in the bar car, where many of the world's rich and famous swapped stories and sipped G&Ts in the 1920s.

Then a night to enjoy our vintage sleeping cars as we glided through the Swedish countryside

Breakfast in our beautiful cabin

The original Orient Express dates back to 1883. The Venice Simplon Orient-Express has carried on the legend in sumptuous style offering a luxury hotel on rails.
Our train had three restaurants - this one is called the Lalique:

You can see one of the famous Lalique
glass sculptures in the background
L'Oriental restaurant.

After Copenhagen the train will head for Venice. This fabulous trip between Venice and Stockholm can include 2 nights in an Orient-Express hotel in Venice, making a 7 night journey.

The Venice Simplon Orient-Express is one of 6 luxury tourist trains owned by Orient-Express Hotels, Trains & Cruises taking you to dozens of magical cities and sights, and the classiest of adventures...

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