Italy Life Stories

From Rags to Riches (For a Day)

From wearing rags and scrubbing toilets to drinking fine wines from crystal goblets while wearing pearls – in this life, it’s all possible.

It’s not like I’ve become a millionaire overnight, *cough* college loans *cough,* but the experience we had on the Venice Simplon Orient Express sure as hell made me feel like one. As someone who’s truly lived the rags, to slightly better rags story, it was nice to get a taste of what riches would be like.

After an impromptu email exchange with 20th Century Fox about the remake of the 1930’s “Murder on the Orient Express,” we were invited to Venice, Italy for a press trip where we’d be riding the actual luxury train that the Agatha Christie novel, and later, movie was based on.

Within a few days of the email exchanges, I was packing as many fancy clothes as I owned (three dresses MAX), shopping for ridiculous clip on earrings, and silk gloves to keep the 1930’s theme alive on the train. We’d be in Europe for no more than four days, which would set a new record for our insane travels, alongside the record for fanciest trip we’ve ever taken.

About 22ish hours of travel later, and we were arriving in one of the most picturesque cities in the world. This trip was done properly because I had no expectations, so it turned out to be one of my favorite travels. Every train car I’d click my heels through would exercise a new language. At one point, I was speaking four languages within five minutes; unexpected joys. The entire experience was impressive, like how are you going to seamlessly pour champagne in a tiny crystal glass while basically surfing on the train? I didn’t figure it out, but gave props to the staff that managed to provide the best form of service while in motion. Puts airplane food to shame, even that one time I lucked out and got put in first class.

From receptions to black tie dinners, there was no doubt that these were the fanciest days of my life to date.

rags to riches

rags to riches

rags to riches

rags to riches

rags to riches

rags to riches

rags to riches

rags to riches

rags to riches

rags to riches

rags to riches

rags to riches

rags to riches

rags to riches

rags to riches

rags to riches

rags to riches

 

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  • Whitney Harper

    Jo! These are BEAUTIFUL. slay gur slay

  • Alexz

    You look like a princess!

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