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Offline jvuye  
#1 Posted : 05 April 2011 16:47:52(UTC)
jvuye

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It is late April, around 10 in the morning, someday in an already distant past.

Venice just awoke from a misty night, and the sun has just whisked away the last hints of fog.
Numerous small and mid-sized launches hurry their wide assortments of colorful loads around the canals.

At Santa Lucia train station, a Vaporetto just off loads a group of smartly dressed passengers.

Another group arrives on board the private launch from the Cipriani Hotel, a luxury resort at the tip of the Isola della Giudecca, where they have just spent a couple of pampered relaxing days!

A mysterious young woman, dressed in an elegant grey suit, her face unrecognizable behind her voilette, delicately jumps from the gondola that had brought her from Palazzo Popodopoli where she was, as many celebrities,a private guest for a few days.
She briskly walks up the stairs to the station.
For a moment, the only things on the Piazetta are her high-heels briskly impacting the pavement and her undulating silhouette.
Soon, she dissapears inside the station, and the piazzetta, after stopping for a few seconds, moves on...

Inside the station, a rutilant rake of 17 CIWL Blue, White and Gold coaches has pulled along platform n°2, where uniformed attendants are busy showing the arriving passengers to their compartments, all along loading their luggages and helping with installation.

The Orient Express, bound to Paris, Calais and London is about ready for its scheduled 10.57 AM departure.

The Maître d'hôtel is already walking along the corridors, taking reservations for the two servings of lunch:
"A table for two, Madam? Very well."
"First or second serving?"
"Would you like the Lalique Pulmann restaurant-car or the Chinese car?"

10.57am!
The signal ahead of the two locomotives has just turned to green.

The 934 tons heavy train pulls out exactly on time, and starts its crossing of the Venice Laguna on the Ponte de La Liberta.
Passengers settle in, as the conductor passes through each compartments, offering a glass of Champagne to each passenger.

While the train accelerates accross the Venetian landscape, passengers discover the beautiful Art-nouveau interior decoration, each coach different from the others.
Some have marquetry panels designed by French decorator René Prou, other were decorated by British artists Maple, Nelson and Morison.
The piano-bar car in the middle of the train is a creation of the French Gérard Gallet.
The first restaurant car, also known as the Chinese car, bears a series of black lacquered panels, showing various scenes with naively painted animals.
The Lalique Pulmann restaurant-car is the most original of the three: Lalique's designed glass panels showing "Bacchanalian Maidens" adorn its walls in perfectly mid-1930's art-nouveau style...!

Around Verona comes the call for first serving of lunch...and passengers start gathering in the three restaurant-cars.
Orders are taken and soon one can hear the first corks popping from the wine and champagne bottles...

The menu reads like the promise for a culinary Parnassus...

*White asparagus and poached egg*
*Truffle flavoured sabayon and its caviar*

*Pan fried John Dory in Wasabi sour cream*
*Bacon and vegetable savoury pie*
*Parsley steamed potatoes*

*Cinnamon spiced rice pudding*
*Chocolate, hazelnut and Almond caramel*

*Colombian coffee*

To be continued...

Edited by user 08 October 2012 10:09:23(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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Offline river6109  
#2 Posted : 05 April 2011 17:28:29(UTC)
river6109

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Jacques,

Nice moments, thanks for sharing.

Around Verona comes the call for first serving of lunch...and passengers start gathering in the three restaurant-cars.
Orders are taken and soon one can hear the first corks popping from the wine and champagne bottles...

The menu reads like the promise for a culinary Parnassus...

*White asparagus and poached egg*
*Truffle flavoured sabayon and its caviar*

*Pan fried John Dory in Wasabi sour cream*
*Bacon and vegetable savoury pie*
*Parsley steamed potatoes*

*Cinnamon spiced rice pudding*
*Chocolate, hazelnut and Almond caramel*

*Colombian coffee*

To be continued...

Did you fall asleep after that ?BigGrin

John
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Offline steventrain  
#3 Posted : 05 April 2011 17:37:39(UTC)
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Excellent pictures, Thanks for sharing.ThumpUp
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Offline RayF  
#4 Posted : 05 April 2011 18:57:05(UTC)
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Excellent!

Reminds me of my own trip with my wife on the occasion of our 25th wedding anniversary.
Ray
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Offline Webmaster  
#5 Posted : 05 April 2011 19:20:33(UTC)
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Wonderful, one of the things to do on my dream wish list...Cool
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Offline xxup  
#6 Posted : 05 April 2011 22:37:48(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Webmaster Go to Quoted Post
Wonderful, one of the things to do on my dream wish list...Cool


Me too!
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Offline nevw  
#7 Posted : 06 April 2011 00:39:42(UTC)
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And they dressed for Dinner. Penguin suits a must.
It must have been a wonderful trip and worth every sou.


NN
NOt wearing the Pink Pinny, which is hard to see and now I have a white Pinny which also is hard to see against MY pure white Skin Still have 2 new shiny tin Hips that is badly in Need of Repair matching rusting tin shoulders
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Offline dntower85  
#8 Posted : 06 April 2011 20:49:35(UTC)
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*Colombian coffee*

in Colombia they call it

*French Roast*
LOL

What a wonderful adventure, thanks for the pictures.
DT
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Offline jeehring  
#9 Posted : 07 April 2011 02:46:43(UTC)
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...which reminds me that since october 2010 there is a new scheduled service by train every week between NICE(french riviera) & MOSCOW .....It is a 53 hours long trip on quite a nice train from RDZ Cie (Russian Railway Cie) through eastern Europe.
From Nice departure on Sunday, arrival Moscow on Tuesday . From MOSCOW to Nice : departure on Thursday - Arrival to NICE on Saturday . Comfortable train with 2 restaurant coachs ,some second class, first class/business class, also some "luxury class" coachs , compartments are with shower/toilets & double bed &mini bar .....( I planned starting from Nice then join the rustic Siberian Express train from Moscow to ...Vladivostok . Nice-Vladivostok only by train ...may be one day ....)
sorry to be out of topic...

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Offline BR01097  
#10 Posted : 12 April 2011 05:41:41(UTC)
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I'll have the white asparagus, the pan-fried John Dory; the cinnamon-spiced rice pudding and Colombian coffee for dessert, s'il vous plaît.

What luxury! I haven't dined so fair in The Brown Palace!

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Offline Goofy  
#11 Posted : 16 May 2011 07:32:54(UTC)
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Expensive...but fun!!!
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Offline jvuye  
#12 Posted : 16 May 2011 13:02:06(UTC)
jvuye

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Originally Posted by: Goofy Go to Quoted Post
Expensive...but fun!!!


Nothing's too good for the one I love...for over 55 years now.
Only my Märklin's love has lasted longer in my life...but that is just because I had my trains before I met the cutest little girl in the world!
Cheers
Jacques Vuye aka Dr.Eisenbahn
Once a vandal, learned to be better and had great success!
Offline Roman  
#13 Posted : 02 June 2011 03:51:22(UTC)
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Nothing's too good for the one I love...for over 55 years now.
Only my Märklin's love has lasted longer in my life...but that is just because I had my trains before I met the cutest little girl in the world!
Cheers


55 years. That is something to celebrate. What a great example you are to others. God Bless you and your family.
Roman
Offline foumaro  
#14 Posted : 02 June 2011 08:24:46(UTC)
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Wonderfull experience,congratulations for this nice choise.
Offline FMS  
#15 Posted : 03 June 2011 00:29:38(UTC)
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Jacques, thank you for sharing this!!
This is one of my goals...maybe one daySmile
Nice pictures, thank you once again, and if by any chance you could post a few more picture it would be just great!
Regards
FMS
Offline gachar001  
#16 Posted : 03 June 2011 17:00:08(UTC)
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Yes. more pictures please.
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Offline jvuye  
#17 Posted : 08 October 2012 10:06:42(UTC)
jvuye

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Well, 18 months later , I finally caught up with this magnificent train travelling on the Gotthard line!
The light wasn't great for a really good picture....but the simple event of uniting two icons in the same picture: the VSOE under the Wassen Church, is worth documenting!
Cheers
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Offline Jeremy Palmer  
#18 Posted : 08 October 2012 11:21:57(UTC)
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Hi Jacques,

Congratulations on the anniversary and thanks for sharing with us - it must have been a wonderful trip.

Jeremy.
Jeremy.

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Offline agvera  
#19 Posted : 08 October 2012 14:19:24(UTC)
agvera

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Hi Jaques

I´m also a fan of those CIWL luxury coaches and appreciate very much your posts.

Share more pictures please BigGrin

Regards
Alberto
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Offline petestra  
#20 Posted : 08 October 2012 17:33:07(UTC)
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Hi Jacques. Those coaches are the most beautiful ever made. Thanks for the photo. PeterThumpUp Smile
Offline pab  
#21 Posted : 22 October 2012 10:46:17(UTC)
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Great picture
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