Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter. I worked most of it, which was great fun, and I was lucky enough to get away for a few days the previous week. And, oh my goodness, what a wonderful few days.
It was my friend Amanda's 40th birthday and she and her husband asked me and my hubby to join them to celebrate – by travelling from London to Venice on the Orient Express!
It only took a day and a half but was, quite simply, one of the most incredible things I've ever done. From getting on a beautiful British Pullman at Victoria station, to arriving at the Orient Express itself in Calais where all the staff was lined up in their liveried finery to greet us (click on the pics to enlarge), right up to arriving in Venice itself, every moment was sheer joy.
The train was so beautiful, harking back to the old romantic days of early train travel – all highly polished wood, plush upholstery, white tablecloths and gleaming silverware – and food so exquisite it was hard to believe it was being prepared in a railway carriage!
Our cabin was wonderfully designed (above left), with a tiny wash basin hidden in a cupboard, and a comfortable bench seat for daytime use. Hubby and I had a few giggles trying to get changed into our evening dress in the confined space – with me at 5 foot 10 and him closer to 6 foot 7, it was a little tight!
The end result was satisfactory though – he looked fab, still fitting into the waistcoat he wore for our wedding nearly 20 years ago. Meanwhile, I was pleased to have an occasion to use my recently purchased Lulu Guinness lips clutch bag for the first time (pictured left)!
After dinner and drinks in the piano bar (yes, a GRAND piano, on a train!) as we travelled through France, we returned to find our cabin converted into a bedroom with two surprisingly comfortable bunks (pictured below left), and slept soundly, lulled by the rocking of the train.
We woke up to find ourselves in the Swiss Alps (pictured below left), and had breakfast watching the most stunning views. I'd been browsing in a book shop before I left and came across the perfect novel to accompany the trip – "A Night on the Orient Express" by Devon-based Veronica Henry. (Recommended!) But I half-expected to hear a blood-curdling scream and see Poirot or Miss Marple rushing past to investigate a murder – such is my over-active imagination…
By lunchtime we were in Italy, and then all too soon the journey was over. One night in Venice – one of my favourite cities in the world – and then a flight home and the trip of a lifetime was complete. Wonderful, fabulous, incredible!
I'd love to hear what you've done with your Easter holidays if you've been lucky enough to have one. As always, get in touch by leaving a comment below this blog or by following me on Twitter @jackiekabler.
And don't miss my blog next week – it's my birthday during the week and I'm celebrating by giving YOU a chance to win a load of QVC goodies!
Have a lovely week.
Love Jackie x