Old Jun 30, 14, 4:59 am
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Eerily, I have just started reading Paul Theroux's excellent book, Ghost Train of the Eastern Star, which retraces his journey exactly half a lifetime before in the Great Railway Bazaar. He said something very poignant about being faced with travelling from Paris to Istanbul on either the Orient Express at $9,000 one way or 'the other Orient Express' at $400.

He chose the latter because 'one, it was too expensive .. two, luxury is the enemy of observation, a costly indulgence that induces such a good feeling that you notice nothing. Luxury spoils and infantilizes you and prevents you from knowing the world. That is its purpose, the reason why luxury cruises and great hotels are full of fatheads who, when they express an opinion, seem as though they are from another planet. It is also my experience that one of the worst aspects of travelling with wealthy people, apart from the fact that the rich never listen, is that they constantly groused about the high cost of living - indeed the rich usually complained of being poor'.

Not intended for anyone who travels first class, especially the OP but an interesting observation. He also views it from the perspective of a travel writer and getting good material for his book; not taking his wife on a special anniversary trip and he was travelling on the ground, not in a tube. As others said, there's other things you could spend $10K on.
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