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The Orient Express. Luxury. Mystery. Romance

A Night on the Orient Express - by Veronica Henry

For one group of passengers settling in to their seats and taking their first sips of champagne, the journey from London to Venice is more than the trip of a lifetime.

A mysterious errand; a promise made to a dying friend; an unexpected proposal; a secret reaching back a generation…As the train sweeps on, revelations, confessions and assignations unfold against the most romantic and infamous setting in the world.

Arriving from Orion Books on 4th July 2013


Writer in Residence – Web content stolen from veronicahenry.co.uk

While I was writing this novel I was lucky enough to be made Writer in Residence for the Venice Simplon Orient Express, travelling in splendour from Victoria to Venice, then staying at the Hotel Cipriani on the island of Giudecca. How could I fail to be inspired? My characters came to life en route, and the story unfolded.


View from the window – Cipriani Hotel Venice The images below are taken from a bedroom window of Palazzo Vendramin Palazzo Vendramin is a 15th-century residence linked to the Hotel Cipriani through an ancient courtyard and a passageway lined with flowers. It houses 16 suites and rooms with sweeping vistas over the gardens and across to St Mark’s Square. These views have been [more]

Time Travel is real !

Science fiction has always teased us with the possibility of ‘going back in time’, to explore, touch and experience history. Well it might not be physically possible to do this but you can hark back to the days when style, design, service and quality were the standard offerings.

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is a private luxury train service that travels from London to Venice. Traveling on the old Orient Express route across Europe.

The train rolling stock dates back from the 1920s and 1930s and are all carefully restored but still extremely practical for modern living – you can even charge your iPhone or iPad. The craftsmanship that went into creating the original carriages would be very difficult to replicate – inlaid wood, chromed fittings and Art Deco, René Lalique frosted glass reliefs. These wonderfully engineered carriages give the traveler a romantic, nostalgic and luxurious experience that oozes history.

Each sleeper cabin has an original washbasin cabinet, having hot and cold running water – there is a little storage, mirrors and places to store your toiletries, all confined into a space smaller than a single wardrobe – economy of space and design, complete with soft towels and crisp linen but again incredibly modern and contemporary, functional and of the now, they would easily slot into a small, modern apartment or bedroom and not look out of place.

Dining car 4110, which is named ‘Etoile du Nord’ has lusciously covered green chairs, that are possibly the most comfortable seats you will ever sit in and veneered panels with beautiful marquetry in the continental style on the walls. Eating is a total sensual and sensory pleasure and delight – traveling on the Orient Express is like being in a dream…

More images of interior of Orient Express

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Economy of space and design

Sometimes less is more. Art and design that gets straight to the point tends to be more successful than objects or things that are jam packed with irrelevant nonsense. It is far better to pack a killer punch by saying exactly what you mean in the simplest way. Everything you need should be straight in front of you – to understand its function or meaning – tight and compact.

Great real world examples are the 1929 sleeper compartments on the Orient Express.  Each cabin has an original washbasin cabinet, having  hot and cold running water – there is a little storage, mirrors and places to stuff your toiletries, all confined into a space smaller than a single wardrobe – economy of space and design.

Interior of Orient Express – image gallery

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The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is a private luxury train service that travels from London to Venice. Traveling on the Orient Express across Europe is a romantic, nostalgic and luxurious experience. The craftsmanship that went into creating the original carriages would be … Continue reading →

My old lecture theatre and painting studio – Exeter Art College

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The derelict painting studios in Exeter College of Art looked smaller than I remember – these were the spaces where I learnt my painting skills and the place where I was told to forget my painting skills. Those were the … Continue reading →

Institutional Traits (Series 1)

Institutional Traits 2012

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Sarah Bennett installation at Exeter Collage of Art and Design, March/April 2012 Click on images for my thoughts and reactions to this exhibition. Low quality images from employee photo identity cards have been scanned at a high resolution, enlarged and … Continue reading →

Images of Exeter College of Art – March 31st 2012

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These are photos of the deserted building in Earl Richards Road North in Exeter the site of the former Exeter College of Art and Design. The building belongs to The University of Plymouth (which was originally a Polytechnic) with its … Continue reading →

Today the pound hit its highest level against the #euro since September 2010

Thank goodness we’re not in the euro –  Despite all the pessimism and doubt surrounding the UK, the euro zone is even worse off – or at least that’s what traders are thinking.

Traveling through modern Europe in these economic troubled times, the polarization of wealth has become more and more obvious. The sumptuous richness of the top locations are a complete flip side to the ‘third world’ poverty of the crumbling city slums.

Today the pound hit its highest level against the euro since September 2010 – providing a much-needed boost for people heading to the continent or those already living over there and drawing their pensions or income in pounds but how does this affect UK business?

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Sleeping Car 3539 - Orient Express - chrome fittings

Traveling in style on the Orient Express

The ergonomically designed sleeping cabins have a mass of inlaid wood and chrome fittings, to add to the vintage travel feel. Double Cabins are a single cabin room, the Cabin Suites are two inter-connecting cabins. Toilet facilities are available in each carriage.

Sleeping Car 3539 has elegant circles of stylized flowers in an ivory-like inlay set in a chequer-board design by René Prou. The chrome detailed fittings add to the sumptuous feel of this carriage. The car was in service in the Pyrénées Côte d’Argent Express for one year and then transferred to the Train Bleu in 1930. The compartments have a small wash basin fitted hidden behind curved wooden doors. In 1930 the depression was biting into luxury travel and Wagon-Lits found they had surplus cars, consequently car 3539 was withdrawn and stored until 1936, when it joined the Rome Express.

It was stored during the war and used by the US Army Transportation Corps between 1945 and 1947.

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This image gallery contains 12 photos.

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is a private luxury train service that travels from London to Venice. Traveling on the Orient Express across Europe is a romantic, nostalgic and luxurious experience. The craftsmanship that went into creating the original carriages would be … Continue reading →