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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.

Simplon-Orient-Taurus-Express, brochure, 1930

In 1930 the Taurus Express was introduced as an extension to the Simplon Orient Express. In Syria connections were provided to Iraq, Palestine and Egypt.

These New Suites on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Will Take You to a Golden Era of Travel - Architectural Digest

AD gets a first look at the the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express's jaw-dropping, just-debuted accommodations

MÖNCHENGLADBACH, COLL. J. KLEIN/ARCHIVES DE LA CIWLT ET DU PLM: WAGONS-LITS

En 1883, l'Orient-Express permet à de riches Européens de relier Paris à Constantinople. Les différents tracés du train illustrent les soubresauts géopolitiques des XIXe et XXe siècles.

The Journey of a Lifetime Aboard Belmond's Venice Simplon-Orient-Express - STACIE FLINNER

This is Part II of our Journey from Venice to London with Belmond. You can find Part I here and Part III here. A handful of truly miraculous experiences still exist in the world that…

Conoce las tres nuevas suites del icónico tren Venice Simplon-Orient-Express de Belmond; viaja con lujo, confort, sofisticación y exclusividad. #BelmondTrains #TheArtOfBelmond

Conoce las tres nuevas suites del icónico tren Venice Simplon-Orient-Express de Belmond; viaja con lujo, confort, sofisticación y exclusividad. #BelmondTrains #TheArtOfBelmond

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Map from brochure for the  Simplon Orient Express, c. 1932 | Collection Arjan den Boer

In 1950 the American photographer Jack Birns traveled the Simplon Orient Express from London to Istanbul for LIFE magazine. In upcoming issues, retours will be traveling after him. The journey started in London, Victoria Station as the gateway to the continent.

helen warlow on Twitter: "Another elegant painting and an artist I don't know 'Train Bleu' by 'Brenet' I'll have to look it up when I can. https://t.co/nJkZ8myjTT"

“Another elegant painting and an artist I don't know 'Train Bleu' by 'Brenet' I'll have to look it up when I can.”