VSOE Venice Simplon Orient-Express overnight from Venice to London


VSOE Venice Simplon Orient-Express overnight from Venice to London | Luxury Trains | My journey across Western Europe continued, after lovely visits to the Amalfi Coast and a brief stay at Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice, Italy. This time, moving onwards to London, England, aboard the overnight luxury train VSOE Venice Simplon Orient-Express, with stops in Innsbruk, Paris, Calais and Folkestone. Step aboard and experience truly elegant travel, wrapped in timeless romance through the spectacular scenery of the Dolomite Mountains, Brenner Pass, Swiss Alps and Alberg Pass. If you follow my blog, you might know by now, that I love traveling by train, specially when they offer luxurious experiences like the VSOE. Other recent experiences you might enjoy reading about had been: The Royal Scotsman across Scotland, or the Day Luxury Train Hiram Bingham in Peru, and my absolute favorite, the Eastern-Oriental-Express from Thailand to Singapore.  This is an exceptional train: a time capsule, a dream. A chance to dress up, socialize and relive the golden age of travel. For more tips and recommendations, check and follow me on Instagram, to see all my minute-to-minute past/current/future post and experiences on #GPSCarlosMeliaLUXURYTRAINS.   Continue reading VSOE Venice Simplon Orient-Express overnight from Venice to London

Transitioning from Amalfi Coast to London via Venice in style


Transitioning from Amalfi Coast to London via Venice in style | Venice, Italy | My visit to Amalfi Coast came to an end in Ravello. Early morning wake up, and my private car was waiting for at the front of the Belmond Hotel Caruso, to drive me to Naples Train Station to catch my Frecciarossa High-Speed train to my next destination Venice and the crowning jewel among Venice hotels, the Belmond Hotel Cipriani. You can also read more tips and recommendations by checking and following me on Instagram to see all my past-current-future posts and experiences while in Italy #GPSCarlosMeliaITALY. Continue reading Transitioning from Amalfi Coast to London via Venice in style

High Speed Train Beijing to Shanghai and back

High Speed Train Beijing to Shanghai and backHigh Speed Train Beijing to Shanghai and back  |  China  |  If there is a great way to travel within China is by their super comfortable High-Speed Trains by CRH – China Railway High-Speed. We connected three destinations Beijing – Shanghai – West Lake/Hangzhou using both their Business and Economy Class. 300 Kilometers and hour to move across China in full comfort and smoothly. One suggestion, buy your tickets online time before your trip. If you need help with reliable ways to do this, please do not hesitate to contact meContinue reading High Speed Train Beijing to Shanghai and back

My AVE Speed Train journey from Madrid to Barcelona

My AVE Speed Train journey from Madrid to BarcelonaMy AVE Speed Train journey from Madrid to Barcelona  |  Spain  |  One I had to decide whether to fly or take the speed train from Madrid to Barcelona, the answer came to me right away. What did I take into consideration ? well time, comfort, price and hassle. As you might know by now, if you follow me, I am a huge fan of trains. I try to take them anywhere and everywhere around the world, either if it is for a few hours or even overnight or for an entire week. Here you can read more on my global train experiences.  Continue reading My AVE Speed Train journey from Madrid to Barcelona

Life onboard The Royal Scotsman Train

Life onboard The Royal Scotsman Train by www.carlosmeliablog.com Life onboard The Royal ScotsmanTrain  |  Scotland  |  Traditional style and elegant comfort provide an unparalleled way to explore the very best of Scotland and the Highlands. Here is my photo album and videos of the daily life onboard the luxury train “The Royal Scotsman” by Belmond, traveling from/to Edinburgh across the Highlands. I spent 5 fabulous days onboard, and I have to say, it is without a doubt a true travel experience. The train itself becomes your destination, and the most sophisticated and comfortable way to explore the breathtaking wonders of this amazing country.  Continue reading Life onboard The Royal Scotsman Train

A Royal Day Exploring Castles of Scotland

Royal Experience exploring Castles in Scotland by www.carlosmeliablog.comA Royal Day Exploring Castles of Scotland  |  Kyle of Lochalsh to Boat of Garten, Scotland  |  So this was our day number three onboard the Belmond luxury trainThe Royal Scotsman“. This section of the trip went from Kyle of Lochalsh to Boat of Garten. This morning, join a group of keen early-risers on a short trip to photograph the famous Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland’s most iconic images. And so we woke up around 7AM and got ready for an experience which, despite being short and quick, was very much indeed worth it.  Continue reading A Royal Day Exploring Castles of Scotland

GPS Carlos Melia The Royal Scotsman

20131015-110107.jpgGPS Carlos Melia The Royal Scotsman  |  Edinburgh, Scotland  |  OUT OF THE OFFICE in Full Style. !!!! Good morning everyone from The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh, the official starting and check in point for The Royal Scotsman luxury train by Belmond, to me my hone, hotel and destination for the next few days, on an exclusive journey across and along Scotland, in full style and luxury. A pretty exciting itinerary, full of surprises that I will be reporting upon return. The Royal Scotsman train is a non WiFi train, therefore I will be offline for the next five days. Please bare with me till them. I am sure we will all enjoy of a little break. Do not miss me to much, I will be fine…. in the expert hands of Belmond, yet once again. Cheers from Scotland. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com  Continue reading GPS Carlos Melia The Royal Scotsman

The Royal Scotsman by Orient-Express Trains

The Royal Scotsman by Orient-Express Trains  |  Orient-Express  |  OMG !!!! I am BEYOND excited to announce that I have just been confirmed by Orient-Express Trains, to join them on the The Royal Scotsman experience on a journey from/to Edinburgh in traditional style and elegant comfort, unparalleled way to explore the very best of Scotland and the Highlands. Getting my Tuxedo ready. Four fabulous nights in the heart of the Highlands: The Royal Scotsman Classic Journey leads past mountains, castles and romantic coastlines to some of Scotland’s most scenic landscapes. This will be my fourth Orient Express Train around the world. SOOO EXCITED!!!! Thank you Orient-Express and Delta Airlines. More to come and all to be posted here. BTW this trip comes along with a previous visit to Italy also by Orient-Express Hotels, staying at Villa San Michele (Florence) and Hotel Cipriani (Venice) along with my partner Rubin Singer. My October 2013 is looking FABULOUS so far. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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AMTRAK Los Angeles to Santa Barbara

AMTRAK Los Angeles to Santa Barbara  |  California  |  So here is a funny story. After a week of work in Los Angeles for Rubin’s Special Appearances for Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills, we were invited by the new Orient-Express property El Encanto, to visit them in Santa Barbara. So we book our car to drive along the Pacific Coast on last Saturday morning, enjoying the lovely views and the amazing weather. Well not quite so. !!!!! A week before our trip, we realize that both of our Driver’s Licenses were expired. This shows we are both, although non of us are born in the United States, that by now we are two true New Yorkers – who needs to drive when you live in the heart of Manhattan right ?

So the questions was ? How to get from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, in time, not to miss our relaxing weekend at El Encanto.  We both knew that the drive was an experience itself, with all the lovely views of the Pacific Coastline… so we were disappointed to miss that. Luckily we found the right option, Amtrak Pacific Surfliner. If you have read my previous reviews on Amtrak, I have not been one of their fans in the past, but I must say that this time, they brought the European Rail service flashback to us. Connecting San Luis Obispo and San Diego through Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, the Pacific Surfliner offers a unique vantage on the Southern California seascape. To get a closer look, you’d have to be on a surfboard.
So went online and USD 95 Business Class Round Trip after, we were at the beautiful Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles, ready to board our train, for our Hitchcock style weekend at El Encanto in Santa Barbara.
The ride was smooth, enjoying during the second half of the journey, lovely views of the Pacific coastline. The train did approximately 7 stops before reaching our destination, Santa Barbara, on time.
Onboard, you may enjoy some basic snacks – trust me, more than some airlines offer you these days, complimentary WiFi, bathrooms  and comfortable seats. reclining 45 degrees. The perfect, hazard free to driving, which in the end would have been useless, since all we did in Santa Barbara was sleep, eat and drink, therefore… no room for driving.
Trains, most of the times in the United States, are synonym or low class or ghetto. Although I can relate to that in some way, if compared to trains services in Europe, here is what I have to say about the Pacific Surfliner – practical, comfortable, punctual, quick, hazard free and with lovely views. We arrived to Santa Barbara in approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes, right to head to El Encanto and enjoy our lunch out on the Terrace overlooking Santa Barbara from our view on the hills, on a stunning sunny day. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Love story onboard Eastern & Oriental Express

Love story onboard Eastern & Oriental Express  |  Man About World  |   The March issue of Man About World is out and ready for you to download it at your iPad. This month they feature our LOVE Story – Rubin & I – crossing through Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore in style onboard the exclusive and fabulous Eastern & Oriental Express Train by Orient-Express. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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