Orient Express, the subject of novels, arrived in Turkey from Paris

The historic Venice Simplon Orient Express train departing from Paris entered Turkey from Kapıkule station.

The train, which is also the subject of the novel “Murder on the Orient Express” by Agatha Christie, one of the most important writers of British detective literature, departed from Paris. The Orient Express train reached Turkey after stops in Budapest and Bucharest. The 57 passengers on the train were greeted at the station by the folk dance team.
Passengers, watching the show with interest, joined the folk dance team in their dances.
Train official Wolfgang Eipeldauer said they left Paris with passengers on June 2. Eipeldauer, who stated that they entered Turkey after Budapest and Bucharest, said: “We will complete our journey in Istanbul. Venice Simplon Orient Express has been coming to Istanbul for many years. It is always a pleasure to be part of this mystical journey for staff and passengers. A 5 night trip. We serve our passengers with our 40 employees.”
One of the passengers, American Janet Mattar, said they had a great trip. Explaining that they traveled on the beautiful historic train, Mattar said, ‘We had some great days in Paris. Budapest and Bucharest were great. We look forward to spending time in Istanbul,” he said.
Mattar stated that the journey is like going back in history, saying: “We felt very valuable. The interior of the train is very comfortable and beautiful. We want to see the Hagia Sophia, the Grand Bazaar, the Spice Bazaar, the Blue Mosque, the Bosphorus and the places recommended to us, as every tourist in Istanbul does.
Mattar also thanked the dance team who welcomed them.
US citizen Ann Stern also stated that it is difficult to describe in words the train, which has a beautiful decoration befitting the 1920s, and that traveling was like traveling in luxury at that time.
Stern said the people he met along the line were warm and welcoming.
Bryan Stern also stated that they were lucky enough to be the passengers of the iconic train, adding: “It’s like we’re traveling in time. We enjoyed the trip very much, it was also nice to watch nature during the trip. We will go to the hammam, the bazaars, the Blue Mosque and stop at other traditional stops. Our first time to Istanbul. We wanted to see the history of this beautiful city,” he said.
After passport and customs procedures, the train departed for its final stop, Istanbul, where the train is scheduled to arrive in Istanbul in the afternoon.

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