We arrived in a rainy Calais where Belmond stewards armed with umbrellas greeted us warmly before escorting us to the opulent Orient-Express. We were welcomed on board by the Chef and our designated Steward, Paolo, who escorted us to our cabin. The beautifully restored art deco interiors of the carriage and our cabin were stunning. We discovered a chilled bottle of Champagne, a vintage Orient-Express poster accompanied by a welcome card from the train manager, Michele, inviting us to celebrate our honeymoon. Paolo promptly served the Champagne, creating a delightful start to the journey. We correctly guessed Paolo was Venetian and on explaining it was Jim’s first visit, he was quick to suggest several sights and promised to provide us with a list. In the privacy of our cabin, we relaxed on the plush banquettes, sipping Champagne, and watching the French countryside pass by.