Headlines out of London, England on March 31, 2014 read like an Agatha Christie novel, with The Telegraph reporting that the "bodies of Black Death victims give up their secrets" to scientists years after their mysterious death, and it appears it was not the bubonic plaque that killed them after all. Instead, it was pneumonia, they believe.
But what is a good Agatha Christie type mystery without the mention of the Orient Express train? And that's where the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) comes into the scene. You see, dear old Agatha was jotting about the world as a 45-year-old plus woman herself when she wrote and solved all those fictional mysteries. And on occasion she did so from the comfort of her cabin, which Bloomberg reported last year would cost the world traveler between $10,000 and $20,000 now--per person, double occupancy.
The lovely folks at AARP want to help you to have your own London to Venice Orient Express train ride this year, offering up their travel dream vacation sweepstakes as one way to do it. The sweepstakes entry period for this Agatha-worthy adventure begins on Monday, March 31. And you can enter once daily between now and Sunday, April 5.
If you win this London, Venice vacation package from AARP, you will receive round trip air transportation from America to London and two nights hotel accommodations while in London (as well as two theater tickets to use while there). You will also receive a one-night paid passage on the Orient Express from London, England to Venice, Italy, where you will also enjoy three nights' paid hotel accommodations in Venice, as well as a gondola ride for two. Ground transportation to and from airport and hotels is also included.
Grab your Agatha Christie books and start packing your bags as you enter to win this unique and awesome travel dream vacation sweepstakes. And you might even get to experience your own mystery while on the trip, especially if you make friends with the archeologists and forensic scientists involved in the excavations regarding the Black Death skeletons found in London.
And fortunately for older folks, AARP refuses to let anyone enter their travel dream vacation sweepstakes giveaway who is under the age of 45, so the odds of winning are definitely in your favor, as half the population is prohibited from competing against you!