Monday, November 26, 2012


Horror on the Orient Express properly starts in London.  When the players first step foot on French soil, they do so through the port at Calais, before going to Paris to board the Orient Express itself.  After disembarking the ferry from Dover England, players will have to go through a Customs inspection (which is an opportunity to screw with players, or for comedy).

The old part of the town, Calais proper (known as Calais-Nord), is situated on an artificial island >surrounded by canals and harbours. The modern part of the town, St-Pierre, lies to the south and southeast. In the centre of the old town is the Place d'Armes, in which stands the former Hôtel-de-ville, now the town hall and police offices. The belfry belongs to the 16th and early 17th century. Close by is the Tour du Guet, or watch-tower, a structure dated to the 13th century which was used as a lighthouse until 1848 when a new lighthouse was built by the port. The church of Notre-Dame, was built during the English occupancy of Calais. Calais is also a notable fishing port and a centre for fish marketing and lace industry for which the town is also famed.

T.S. Maid of Kent II, an example of a ferry providing service between Dover and Calais
Simplon-Orient-Express and Train Bleu, southbound to Paris, 1934

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