Sunday, October 12, 2008

What, no murder?

"Bryan and I take a trip on the Orient Express"

At a trade exhibition in April, I stuck my business card in one of the many pots saying 'win...' and amazingly, I did win! I won lunch for two on the Orient Express. And this month we actually managed to find the time to go.

Although it's October, the sun was pouring through the windows on our train from home to King's Cross. We took the underground to Victoria and there we checked in a the Pullman Lounge. Straight out of the 1930s, dark wood, plush and full of the grey haired brigade!

!We boarded the train right near the front on a car named 'Vera'. Rescued in the 1980s, it had been a garden room for many years. We left Victoria and headed into the Garden of England - Kent. The carriage was amazing - it was like walking straight into a set from an Agatha Christie story. The sun continued to pour through the windows and we spent four hours enjoying excellent food, comfort, quality service and the beauty of the English countryside.

I took a wander through the train - each carriage was decorated differently, with amazing marquetry. We reached home again at 6pm, having left at 9.45 that morning. It was a lovely day - relaxed, comfortable and a real insight into the past. The one thing we did avoid, however, was Murder on the Orient Express
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