Sunday, February 4, 2018

Venice Simplon Orient Express

I am very fortunate to have a kind husband who last year, spoilt me with a wonderful trip away  to celebrate my birthday.
Looking back through my photos, have never got around to sharing them, so here goes, come aboard and I will show you around.
 We departed from Victoria Station in London and crisscrossed Europe, through Switzerland and ending up in the wonderful City of Venice.
A journey unlike any other  when you step aboard the train and instantly you feel like you have stepped back in time, to amazing elegance and was certainly a wonderful and romantic experience.
 Considered one of the most luxurious trains in the world, the Orient Express hearkens back to the Golden age of luxury travel in the 1920's.

I loved all the Art Deco touches, from the marquetry inlayed wood, plush sofa and chairs to the French Lalique glass in the dinning car.

In our room was a little sink, in an enclosed cabinet and you are provided with robe, slippers, towels and toiletries. 

The friendly and helpful staff were dressed in regal uniforms, and the food was outstanding and there is something special about train journeys, where you can relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery from your room.

Everyone dressed up in their finest clothes and was certainly a very memorable trip
After dinner the waiter kindly brought out a birthday cake, a very sweet handbag that we were able to share with another couple that were sitting at our table.
 So all to soon, our journey came to an end and we arrived in Venice. We can now look back with many happy memories of our trip, and meeting many new friends on our way.  One couple we talked to actually had a brother and sister who live on our Island, so it is a small world after all.
Breakfast was served in our room 

Do hope you are having a great weekend.
We have a long weekend here, with it been Waitangi day on Tuesday, many people take the Monday off and make it a four day holiday.


  1. Sounds like it was a lovely journey and a wonderful birthday.

  2. This is my dream journey, especially as I love Agatha Christie:)

  3. That train looks like a fun way to travel :)

  4. How wonderful! I'm thinking that classifies as a trip of a lifetime.... :)

  5. Dearest Carolyn,
    what a wonderful Birthday Trip! Thank you for sahring the lovely pictures!
    Have a wonderful new week,my dearest friend,
    sending much Love and hugs, Claudia xoxo

  6. What a wonderful birthday treat. You are so lucky. Thanks for sharing.

  7. That must have been so great. What a trip. Something you never forget.
    Hugs from here

  8. Hello Carolyn,
    What a wonderful trip. It must have been such fun...and such a great way to celebrate a birthday.
    Big hug

  9. Wowwww this is Great !!!.....lovely week love Ria x ❤️

  10. This must have been a very special and fun trip, dear Carolyn. Did you read "Murder in the Orient Express" during the train ride? The cake is amazing! What a lovely surprise!

  11. That must have been a wonderful present and a trip you will never forget. Sarah x

  12. Thanks for sharing a such romantic and dreamy trip. The orient express looks wonderful

  13. Dear Caroly,
    oh that was certainly a great and exciting adventure. A wonderful trip.
    Many greetings & hugs

  14. How cool! That cake is amazing!


  15. Must have been amazing!


  16. Oh my! What a dream adventure! I love trains. So romantic, and the scenery is outstanding. You have a lovely and very thoughtful husband. :) Hope you're having a marvelous weekend. xo

  17. What fun Carolyn and such an incredible birthday gift:) Wonderful photos and memory! xo

  18. I always like travelling by train but that must be the most luxurious train trip of all!

  19. This sounds a very amazing experience, dear Carolyn!
    To travel in such beautiful and "antique" train sounds dreamy!
    Great photos! :D

  20. What a wonderful train adventure you had, Carolyn. It's funny cause I've been wanting to take a train ride, especially after seeing the special Christmas movie "The Christmas Train." I think you'd like it. Your breakfast looks delicious, and it sounds like they treated you very well. This is a sweet picture of you and your husband, and I love that first picture of the train.

    Happy Valentine's Day to my special blog friend.

    love, ~Sheri

  21. Dearest Carolyn,
    Glad you finally found the time to chronicle your memorable Orient Express train trip and share it with your readers.
    That is indeed traveling in grand style and it creates lots of fond memories for years to come!
    Just had my B'day on the 6th and thus no time for doing any blog visiting.
    Sending you hugs,

  22. What a wonderful experience, dear Carolyn! So very romantic.....The train is beautiful and the accommodations sound very nice. Love the sweet photo of you both. Love your birthday cake, too. So nice to have these happy memories. Hugs xo Karen

  23. Oh WOW, dearest Carolyn, a trip from London to Venice with the wonderful Orient Express, that's really a great birthday-gift! And I love to see your photos - the train is so beautiful outside and inside - the pics of you and your hubby are so nice to see and the handbag-cake is very special! I loved to see your photos, dear!
    Hugs from here and thanks for your nice comment on my Spain-post,

  24. What a lovely adventure! The cake looks soooo great :)
    Love Titti

  25. Wonderful experience, dear Carolyn!
    Monique 🐾🐾

  26. This must be the vacation of a lifetime. What a treat! I must say, that breakfast looks amazing.

  27. Wonderful photos of a wonderful trip! Your husband is a keeper, isn't he? The fancy little cake is so cute! I am visiting for the first time, having seen your nice comment on someone's else's blog. I also subscribed to your daughter's youtube channel. I fear that youtube is really hard to break into these days. Just so many people competing for limited attention spans! But she is obviously a lovely person (plus I am one of those silly Americans who is totally charmed by a British accent). :)


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