Thursday, March 29, 2012

Front and back, the SS Great Britain

The world's first luxury liner was a design by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. It hosted passengers briefly, until its steam-and-sail combination was overtaken by all-powered vessels. It then ferried emigrants to Australia for years before finding itself a floating warehouse for a company in the Falklands.

Needless to say, a scheme was launched to return her to Bristol and restore her. The experience aboard now is unique; it features 'authentic' smells and sights. When you close the deck door and begin to descend the steps to the first-class salon, music accompanies you down the stairs, and a man at a piano proves to be the reason. It's hard to describe, but I actually felt like 'I was there.'

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