The hoot of the train screeched, followed by an endless cloud of steam. The last coach is being boarded, while dazzling figures move through this fine, decorated space with tailored butlers mannerly hover ‘round. It is this rich mean of transportation that would equate the glorious adventure that awaits. Seated, sipping, and watching the platform move backwards as the train progresses forward into the lazy afternoon sun. On this route, traveling from East to West, the first stop would be hours away in the city of Varna on Bulgaria’s coast off the Black Sea. In the meantime, shall we observe those we’re traveling with? Ones that would relish these coaches of dark wood panel, the glorious gleam of gold, and all the pleasures to be offered?
That lady in the Italian tweed suit of black & white lines, twin with that of the man on her right. A girl with a leather-bounded book on her lap, covered in checkered trousers with buttoned angles, her straight neck circled with strings of pearls, her wild eyes reading over a language familiar to the orients. Now, what about the cool cat in paisley print dress who’s staring out the window pane, bare legs crossed?
It would be days and nights on this train and several stops along the way. So, purchase your ticket and prepare to board this Vintage Class of fashionable train travel with Ricochet. We shall pick you up right on time, right off the platform, for the experience that’s fashioned to excite your free spirit, evoke your explorative energy, and inspire your stylish character. “For three days these people, these strangers to one another, are brought together. They sleep and eat under one roof, they cannot get away from each other. At the end of three days they part, they go their several ways, never, perhaps, to see each other again.” Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express