Archive for September 2010

According to American and European table etiquettes, the oldest lady present during the dinner gets the first serving. Once everyone is served, the host signals that everybody can start eating. However, according to Middle Eastern and Asian table etiquettes, a male who has the highest social/ political power around the table gets the first serving. And he is the one who initiates eating by simply starting eating, even though he might not necessarily be the host.


 A train that takes you to the European Grand Tour of 1920’s! “The train against which all other luxury trains are measured’ – Vanity Fair.”  

Journey starts from London to France, through Kent and the England Channel, to Venice, through the Channel Tunnel and Austria. You enjoy a cup of tea and fine food while the train crosses high Alpine pastures, ascends to the Brenner Pass, which is about 4,500 feet above sea level, and arrives at Santa Lucia Station.

The most interesting is that each carriage has its own story and history:

“Dining Car 4095
‘L’Oriental’ was originally a Pullman kitchen car built in Birmingham in 1927 in the ‘Etoile du Nord’ style. She was shipped from the builders to France and entered the Etoile du Nord. This was an all-Pullman service between Paris and Amsterdam, passing through Brussels, a journey of 350 miles.

Its service finished with the Lusitania Express, which also included car 4110 between 1961 and 1969. When car 4095 was bought for the VSOE the interior was replaced with black lacquer panels that had been in dining car 3583.”

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express operates from March to November. Whole journey takes 2 days and 1 night. Food is exquisite, and cocktail attire is required.

Information to take into consideration: The whole train is non-smoking. None of the cabins contain a shower.

France! Italy! Greece! Brazil!……..

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