Pera Palace: Where Progress Stayed in Istanbul
Thirty-three years ago yesterday, the Orient Express brand returned to the rails, connecting Paris to Istanbul on a 26-hour journey. Today, Belmond’s Venice-Simplon Orient Express only occasionally rides that legendary route. Many things changed between 1888, when the original train launched, and 1982 when the successor sporting the same name came roaring out of Paris’ Gare de l'Est.
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