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Monday, December 14, 2009

The end of a history rail journey

Today marks the end of an era. The route dubbed “the Orient Express” disappears from European railway timetables, a victim of high-speed trains and cut-rate airlines.

The historic Orient Express was established back in the 1880s and transported you from Paris or London to Istanbul. It traveled through the Balkans a scenic yet troubled section of the world.

The Orient Express— the very name carries an aura of glamour and mystery. Van Helsing rode it to his battle with Dracula. James Bond romanced a beautiful Russian aboard it. And Agatha Christie set one of the best-known murders in literary history aboard that train.

Now the original Orient Express is history. I’m sad to say that I never made the effort to make this journey. I need to investigate other historic journeys/places & add them to my must visit list before they disappear.

Happy travels!