{take me away № 11 | travel by train}

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Imagine the anticipation of stepping on board a grand and majestic train, all aglow, as the brisk winter’s evening has just fallen.


Inside, passengers settle in for the evening, enjoying perfect touches of comfort and luxury, echoing that of a romantic, bygone era.


And as steam trails behind and the new journey commences, the heart flutters momentarily and one is not sure what to expect, but one thing is for certain, guests are abound to endless wondrous destinations, with discoveries and sights to take in at nearly every moment along the way.


Today we explore a wonderful selection of world-renowned trains and journeys, from all different points of the world.


And so, we invite to you warm a delicious cup of drinking chocolate, and please join us on an incredible railway adventure . . .




01 | Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Train


One of six trains in the Orient Express collection, the
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Train is "'The train against which all other luxury trains are measured”, according to Vanity Fair. And indeed it is. With an exquisitely appointed exterior detailed in gold embellishments, a sparkling navy body and a snowy white roof, this train is the epitome of elegance. Offering respectfully restored 1920’s vintage cars, they are all coal-heated, with windows open to the fresh air.


While staying aboard you will find nothing short of the finest in five-star accommodations and service. Sleeping roughly 100 persons at one time, the sleeping compartments offer Pullman-style beds, a lovely sink and closing vanities with well-considered amenities. The only foreseeable downfall to this otherwise perfect experience is that there are no showers on board; however this factor is all apart of experiencing a traditional train tour, and often not such a concern for those aboard.


The main lounging cars have been decorated in the Art Nouveau style and finished with fresh flower arrangements. And befitting of this glamorous experience, when arriving for dining – whether for cocktails in the evening, or a full meal – suits [or tuxedos] and gowns are often the typical attire. There are three dining carts in total to visit: one finished primarily with marquetry; the second, with Chinese lacquered walls and bright animals; and the third with Lalique crystal insets.


And in addition to the attention to detail and to each person’s experience on board, guests are welcomed to eat at one of three staggered times, in order to serve and enjoy their meal with ease. But to top off the tour, a gifted pianist can often be found entertaining in the evenings for the perfect ending to the day.


Fanciful stories and movies have been made with the presence of this incredible train, and it is quite easy to see why—a tour on The Venice Simplon is certainly an experience of a lifetime . . .


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After crossing the Channel, board the cream and umber carriages of the British Pullman for the journey to London. A traditional afternoon tea accompanied by a glass of champagne is served to you at your table as you watch the gentle scenery of Kent pass by before arriving at your destination, London Victoria.

Destinations | Europe, including: London, Venice, Paris, Budapest, Bucharest, and more.

[discover more about these journeys & short videos here]




02 | Royal Canadian Pacific Train


An elegant train deeply rooted in history, with many cars built between the years of 1917 and 1931, when it comes to luxurious rail tours, the Royal Canadian Pacific certainly offers one of the finest experiences in the world. The tour is entirely about leaving the world behind, relaxing and enjoying the once-in-lifetime experience, all in the way traveling by rail was meant to be.


Knowing such, it is no surprise that there have been many esteemed inhabitants over the years, including: Winston Churchill, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh (later Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip), as well as John and Jacqueline Kennedy.


With just 32 people to board at one time, this five-star train affords supreme luxury, where one will discover open-platform observation areas as well as several salons, and large compartments with private ensuite powder rooms, complete with showers, toilets, and wash basins.

Guests are also invited to enjoy musical events and exquisite meals prepared in the utmost of quality.


The majority of sleeping accommodations boast Pullman cars that “offer two twin beds, a desk, a roomy private shower, sink, toilet and large picture window, as well as plush white towels and lovely toiletries. Finished in Circassian walnut imported from Russia with Bird’s Eye maple inlay, and adorned with luxurious details such as Turkish drapes, many storage options and beautiful vaulted ceilings, each car is draped in grandeur, creating an experience not to be missed . . .


{ a glimpse of the journey :}

Royal Canadian Pacific has partnered with some of Canada's most elite tourism experiences at various destinations throughout our excursions. These off-train activities include golf at some of the world's most renowned championship courses, fly-fishing on Canada's pristine rivers and lakes, and interpretive tours that share Canada’s unique heritage.

Destinations | Canada, including : Banff, Vancouver and more.

[discover more about these journeys]



03 | Rovos Rail


With the Ravos Rail, one may enjoy a unique and incredible experience, partaking on a safari through the very heart of Africa. Indeed, some of the most magnificent views and exciting discoveries have been made through the golden age of rail travel -- how can one not wish to also take part?


This world-class train was established in 1989, and since, has built a strong reputation -- one of uncompromising service and luxury. The wood-paneled coaches welcome visitors to make themselves at home, to relax and enjoy the adventure before them; and, interestingly enough, the trains may be hailed by steam, diesel or electric locomotives at various points of the journey, and carry a total of 72 passengers.


The beautiful wood paneling and Edwardian features are rather impressive, as is the comfort of the air-conditioned suites, offering twin or spacious double beds. And however traditional of an experience this may seem, modern technology has been integrated, with hot showers, hair dryers and electrical outlets for shavers. As for the suites, there is a range available, some with their own private lounge and full bath, and others with Victorian bathtubs.


There are also observation carts, and as with all the service cars, the lounges are air-conditioned, yet the windows can be opened to take in the sights, sounds and scents of Africa. There are very few, if any, for that matter, luxury trains with this special feature, which has been most spectacular when chartered for a Steam Safari.


Beyond the lounging areas, one may enjoy delicious foods created by an enthusiastic team of chefs; there is an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients and traditional dishes -- truly, a journey of distinction.


{ a glimpse of the journey : }

In a series of train journeys lasting from 24 hours to a fortnight, the Pride of Africa links some of Africa's greatest destinations from Cape Town, at the tip of Africa, to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, from scenic splendors as diverse as the game reserves of Mpumalanga to the Victoria Falls, from the desert landscapes in Namibia and the stark beauty of the Karoo to the lush cane fields of KwaZulu-Natal and the magnificent Garden Route along the Cape south coast.

Destinations | Africa, including: Cape Town, Pretoria, Vic Falls, and more.

[discover more about the journeys]



Which would you like to take a journey on?

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p r e v i o u s l y :

* take me away № 01 | perfectly packed
* take me away № 02 | luggage to last a lifetime
* take me away № 03 | tips for buying luggage
* take me away № 04 | vintage & antique luggage
* take me away № 05 | the travel file
* take me away № 06 | an equestrian escape
* take me away № 07 | la maison du chocolat
* take me away № 08 | holiday etiquette
* take me away № 09 | st. petersburg, russia
* take me away № 10 | holiday etiquette, part two

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Blogger One Stylish Day at a Time said...

They're all so beautiful. Just like a real life train to Hogwarts!

December 21, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love these posts of yours.... the train looks so mysterious and glamorous! and the chanel makeup is a nice touch ;)

XX Kathryn

December 21, 2011  
Blogger {this is glamorous} said...

la couquette du mode -- thank you! & shall pass along to sarah as well x

December 21, 2011  
Blogger A Gift Wrapped Life said...

A grand and fabulous travel post Sarah! Would be a trip of a lifetime on any of these but for this Canadian it would be a beautiful way to see my own country. Bookmarked. XO

December 21, 2011  
Blogger Jacqueline said...

Such a lovely post! I have always dreamed of traveling by train, perhaps with some of that gorgeous vintage luggage from take me away number 4.


December 21, 2011  
Blogger Dustjacket Attic said...

All so lovely, think I would start with the Orient Express!

December 21, 2011  
Blogger Dumbwit Tellher said...

Train travel on any of these trains is the epitome of absolute luxury. It's a dream for me that I hope one day comes true. My grandfather was an engineer for a railroad line in the U.S. Trains just happen to represent a part of my childhood.
I wanted to wish you the special gifts of this holiday season - Peace, Joy and Lasting Happiness.

x Deb

December 22, 2011  
Blogger Punctuation Mark said...

i love it... it's like a Cary Grant romantic movie!

December 22, 2011  
Blogger Marcus Design said...

Just a breathtaking post! Well done!!

I now am longing for a romantic train ride, how fabulous it all looks ...
Merry Christmas dear Roseline & Sarah, have a wonderful & safe holiday.
Nancy xo

December 22, 2011  
Anonymous Karen said...

Do we really need to choose? I think for me it's a toss up between the Royal Canadian Pacific and Rovos Rail.
Lovely post, thanks for sharing.

December 22, 2011  
Blogger Maureen at The Inglenook Decor said...

I've traveled on a few trains in my time but none as beautiful as these! Wonderful post!

December 22, 2011  
Blogger indie by heart said...

I would definitely feel like a princess, if ever got to travel like that.. <3 Gorgeous post.


December 22, 2011  
Blogger Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

I just love sitting on the train watching the countryside roll past - so peaceful and comforting.

December 22, 2011  
Blogger ECLECchic said...


December 22, 2011  
Anonymous Cristina, from Buenos Aires to Paris said...

What a dream !!! I would love to take the Orient Express ! even if the re is a murderer on it ;D
Great post!!

December 22, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me just say that: 1. You're my number 1 blogger, 2. A gorgeous post once again, 3. I LOVE YOUR BLOG<3, 4. I wanna travel like that!!! :D

December 22, 2011  
Blogger NatalieCottrell said...

Wow, you just officially refueled my daydreams. These are absolutely gorgeous. I love, love, love trains. This is exactly the kind of thing I would love to do for a honeymoon or proper escape from daily life some day. The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Train is my favorite. Thank you so much for the swoon-worthy post!

December 22, 2011  
Blogger Audrey said...

Oh my, extremely beautiful, what a delightful post !!

December 22, 2011  
Blogger Rachel {Da Paura ♥} said...

I have always dreamed of taking a fantastic trainride such as this...and I think this depiction took my daydreams to an all new level. What a luxurious and magical way to travel Europe, and a stunning post with the most gorgeous images!


December 22, 2011  
Anonymous Stacee at Darling Kichaa said...

What an elegant, lovely way to travel. Makes you feel like a real voyager traveling back in the day. The train in Africa would be my first pick, but I'd love to get to them all eventually! Very romantic.

December 22, 2011  
Anonymous Ruby Press said...

This train is beyond beautiful. I could spend months traveling in this luxury.

December 22, 2011  
Anonymous Helen@thestyleschedule said...

Train travel always seems sooooo romantic - beautiful post!

December 22, 2011  
Blogger GlamorousGirl said...

Amazing! Merry Christmas!


December 27, 2011  
Anonymous Jessica said...

I've taken many train rides from many destinations within Europe, and none have ever been this luxurious . . . sigh. What I wouldn't give for a romantic ride in any (ahem, ALL) of these beauties! What a lovely post.

December 28, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You forgot the Palace on wheels...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palace_on_Wheels

December 31, 2011  

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