Traveling back in time: Aboard the luxurious Belmond British Pullman train

Reading Virginia’s post immediately tempts me to consider traveling on the Pullman’s train; makes me think of Agatha Christie’s Midnight Express and her other books and of course impressed by the niceties of everything on the train. . . . . .

Virginia Duran

Those who have read Agatha Christie’s novel Murder on the Orient Express (1934), will have a vivid mental image of the train I am about to describe: Art deco cabins with shiny polished wood, brass luggage racks, staff members in elegant hats, champagne bar, high-end cutlery and crockery for sophisticated dining.

These original Pullman coaches, dating back to the 1920’s, were bought and restored in 1982 by Belmond and further enhancements such as Art deco lamps, armchairs and electric heating were added. There are currently 11 original Pullman carriages, some of which were used to transport royalty.

On Thursday March 28th, I embarked towards Canterbury in Zena, one of those original carriages, built in 1928 and to my delight, used in the film Agatha (1976).

Once the train had departed, it was clear that the journey – and means of transport – would become as important as our destination…

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Can’t help reblogging this as the Shenyang flowers at Umemiya Taisha, Kyoto are so beautiful . . . . . . . . . . . . .










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small city with a big soul – hong kong

I like Viveka showing the other aspects of Hong Kong, apart from the high rises and the CBD, which has impressed on the minds of so many people, regardless of whether they have visited the place or not. You will be impressed by the range , quality and price of food here too . . . . . . . .


It lives around 7,5 million people in Hong Kong! So I suppose looking at cities like Manila, Istanbul, Tokyo, Moscow and Shanghai … is it a small city.  But compare to Stockholm with it nearly 1 million is it big.

After our well-needed nap … after our’s 24 hours awakening. We came back to life around 5pm and it was time to get ready for Hong Kong by night.

We started our evening with a Mojito that we ordered at the hotel’s bar & restaurant. They cost me one arm and it was the worst Mojito ever. They had forgotten the sugar stock???!!! But we decided to suffer through it up on the roof deck on 40’s floor. To get there we had taken the life from the restaurant on 38’s floor down to the reception and there take the special lift up to the roof.

Breathtaking view over the harbour…

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I don’t know Japanese and can only guess at the meaning of some of those words written in Kanji. However, the pictures are universal and speak for themselves. The pictures taken by wakasahs15th in this blog are very inspiring and I look forward for the opportunity of taking similar pictures in the future . . . . . . . . . . . .









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