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The Simplon Orient Express in France, photographed by Jack Birns | retours

On the second stage of his journey, LIFE photographer Jack Birns set foot in France. The Channel ferry from Folkestone moored at the quay of Calais Maritime, where the through-carriages to the Balkans were waiting. In the evening the train reached Paris, where Jack Birns photographed Gare de Lyon.

Belmond Venice Simplon Orient Express train cabin compartment

A guide to taking a train journey on the Venice Simplon Orient Express and the story of our own experiences. The original Orient Express train service ran from 1883 to 2009, and its name became associated with glamour, luxury, intrigue, and even murder! In its heyday, it was the most luxurious train in Europe and today this tradition lives on with Belmond's Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (VSOE). The VSOE makes regular luxury train journeys across Europe, offering gourmet meals, private…