Sunday, August 6, 2017

Sunday Drive: Rolls Royce Bus - Orient Express Exhibition, 2014

Last month I shared some of the photos I'd taken during our 2014 visit to the Orient Express exhibition at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris. But the railroad carriages were only part of the items on display--one of the lower floors of the Institute's main building was filled with posters*, maps, tableware and china (commissioned from all the finest makers), and re-creations of various train compartments over the years, while all the movies ever filmed on the Orient Express were projected on the walls surrounding the exhibits. It was clear that no expense was spared to provide their passengers with the most luxurious forms of travel possible. For example, for those who wished to visit places beyond the train's final destination, buses like this one were provided.

[Rolls Royce bus in Lebanon, c. 1935 | Anonymous (SNCF Archives). Arlberg Orient Express]

*This link will take you to a website where you can examine 10 gorgeous Orient Express posters and related materials.

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