Sweet Escape: The Orient Express

Sweet Escape: The Orient Express

Just after midnight, a snowdrift stopped the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train was surprisingly full for this time of the year. But by the morning there was one passenger fewer. An American lay dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside…

From Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Nothing like a blustery fall night of high winds to make you want to curl up by the fire with a good murder mystery! But last fall, I got to go one step better than a book by a fire, I had the incredible privilege of actually taking the famed and luxurious train, The Orient Express, from Venice to Paris! Yes! Can you believe it? Little ‘ol me on such a once in a lifetime adventure?!

Being one who positively shudders with glee over simple things like the ambience of low lights and candles in my own living room, the opportunity to ride the Orient Express was pure indulgence, beyond my wildest imagination!

Sweet Escape: The Orient Express

Sweet Escape: The Orient Express

My sister and I shared a cabin on this famed train, and absolutely reveled in the whole experience. We imagined the murder mystery played out around us, we summoned our personal cabin attendant, Ian, over and over again (just in fun between ourselves, he had no idea we were calling him, we aren’t that cruel!) for a fresh cocktail, tiny sandwiches, slippers, you name it we imagined him at our beck and call.

We watched the Swiss alps fly by with snow flurries in the air and castles in the hills, and dined on delicacies in the dining car. And, we even got a little motion sickness as we tried to change into our formal attire riding backwards in a cabin so small only one of us could stand at a time. It was the best of times!

Sweet Escape: The Orient Express

I know it seems a little outrageous, but I like to imagine life as charming and full of ambience as that railroad car! I try to recreate those feelings for everyday, at least in my mind. Now, granted, most of my days don’t end up as fanciful as that, but in my deepest imagination, I am dressed up in my finery tonight riding the Orient Express once again.

“Oh, Ian, fetch me my slippers! And my book! Ian, could you please light my heater! Ian, could you fluff my pillow? Oh, and Ian, I could use a hot toddy!”


  1. hollyannwoods.blogspot.com says

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    And Delighted I did!!
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  2. What a great experience and it all looks so beautiful! Thank you for sharing the trip withus:>)

  3. anindiansummer says

    Ah, personal attendant in a luxury train – blissful! I love the first and the last image :-)

  4. What an experience (and a fabulous memory!)
    thanks for sharing! Ian, will you sign off for us…

    kari & kijsa

  5. Sweet Cottage Dreams says

    Hi Melissa~~ What a wonderful trip to have been on with your sister! OMG! Sounds like you both had the time of your lives. Look how pretty you look sitting there! You match the chair, too!! :) Thank you for sharing your wonderful time with us!


  6. That was a very fun post!
    Becky K.

  7. Oh you lucky lady! What a wonderful experience that would have been! I was an Agatha Christie fan when I was a young teen, and still have a copy of every book, in hard back, sitting with pride on a bookcase in the study. Such an awesome writer!
    Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

  8. anindiansummer says
  9. The dining car looks exquisite. Thanks for sharing your trip.

  10. P.S.
    Congrats! I see you on the 10 ten new blog design contest winner listing!!!!!!!!I’m so proud for you!

  11. Melissa,
    I will never forget the first time I read The Murder on the Orient Express. I wanted so badly (still do) to be a passenger on that train. Train travel reminds of me of days long gone and you know I love anything old. But just as you I love the romance and mystery of it. I’ve watched several documentaries on traveling on the Express. Don’t think I will ever be able to afford it but it sure is nice to dream.

    Great post – as always!


  12. What a great post! I would love to ride the Orient Express. I’ve always been an Agatha Christie fan and especially any of the Hercule Peroit mysteries.
    What a great experience and I appreciate you sharing with all of us. Thank you.

  13. oh how fabulous!! Travelling by the Orient Express has always been a dream of mine … thanks so much for sharing your wonderful experience! ~ Lynda ♥

  14. Too fun! Only sisters can understand each other, and enjoy each other like that.

  15. Thank you for sharing your trip and your memories. Some of my fondes memories are trips with my sister and my Mom. Your post makes me look forward to the next time we have an adventure together. I enjoyed your post very much.

  16. How totally incredible!!! My mom was obsessed with Agatha Christie when I was a girl.. I wonder if she still is??? She adores the Orient Express. Alas, I myself, never been on… And, seeing as how I don’t like transportation… Well, we’ll see… But living it vicariously through you is just as good for little ole moi. xoxo

  17. Train travel is the best. I wish there were more opportunities to travel by rail in the U.S.!

  18. I have to try it one day …as the famous french poem says :
    “luxe , calme et volupté “

  19. Amanda Jones says

    That looks like it was so much fun. It would be wonderful to get on an amazing train and have someone at your beckon call! I should look into this because it is really something that I would enjoy as well.

  20. Wow!!!! What a fab post! I read it twice! What an amazing trip to go on-it looks better than I imagined and what a gorgeous photo of you! xx

  21. I imagined myself right there! Thank You!

  22. What an amazing adventure that must have been! I so want to ride on the Orient Express (especially being a big fan of Agatha Christie!). How wonderful!

  23. That must have such an incredible experience! Thanks for sharing it with us. So fantastic!

  24. My mom and I have been thinking of taking the trip together. Thanks for the inspiration!

  25. Hi = this is just such a wonderful post! Congrats, btw!! Well deserved. I want to go on that train SO badly, but now I feel like I was almost, just almost there myself, thanks for the opportunity.

    Keep up the good work!!!

    cote de Texas

  26. That looks so fun. An experience I would love to explore.


  27. I am so delighted to have found your blog today! I am a great fan of the mysteries and romances associated with train travel and have been dreaming of a trip on one for years!

    Thank you for taking us with you on your magical trip, and for your lovely way of writing about it.

  28. I can’t count the number of times I’ve read Agatha Christie’s book and I’ve seen the movie so many times, also. Thank you for taking us along on this magical journey!


  29. Girl About Town says

    LOLROF!!! Oh, I love it!!

  30. Lucky you melissa, that is a wonderful experience.

  31. So do they actually use real silver and crystal at their table settings?


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