3 Essential European experiences aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
There may be no better way to experience the extravagances and nuances of Europe than aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient Express. Here are three essential European experiences that a journey aboard this remarkable train offers.
A chance to wander comme un flâneur
Flâner is a uniquely French word used to describe the pastime of leisurely strolling the streets of Paris, without any particular destination and for the sole purpose of soaking up the charm and beauty of the city. Of course, the art of being a 'connoisseur of the streets' isn't a practice exclusive to Paris, in fact it's possible to be a flâneur in any city in the world. However, the ancient buildings and lively street life of Europe's cities make them some of the planet's best destinations to try your hand at this leisurely practice.
A leisurely lunch
uropeans are the undisputed champions of leisurely dining. From lazy Sunday lunches in the Tuscan hills to four course dining in a tiny bistro in the backstreets of Montmartre, decadent dining is an important part of the continental lifestyle. Aboard The Orient Express, dining is taken very seriously and guests can expect sumptuous set menus with multiple courses as part of the price of their fare.
The bon vivant lifestyle
Another word unique to the French language, 'bon vivant' roughly translates to 'living it up' or tasting the finer things in life. The bon vivant lifestyle envelopes you from the moment you step onto The Orient Express, with champagne afternoon teas, 24-hour steward service, a private lounge, 3 course lunches and of course, hours of leisure to while away on the world's most luxurious train doing nothing more than watching the European countryside roll by.