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Bucket List Experiences: The London to Venice Orient Express Experience

Travelling on the Orient Express is unlike any other journey I have ever taken by train. From the moment I arrived at London's Victoria Station, to the moment I got off the train at Venice's St Lucia Station, it was an exercise in carefully studied old-world luxury and opulence. I had chosen the short, 31-hour ride between these two cities mostly because it seemed the best way to test-drive this unique experience, but also because I liked the itinerary. London -- via Calais, Paris, the Swiss … [Read More...]

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