Agatha Christie: Istanbul, Turkey

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Agatha Christie: Istanbul, Turkey

Agatha Christie: Istanbul, Turkey

What Shaped Her: Born in 1890 in southwest England, Christie moved to France for schooling and vacationed often in Cairo. In 1922, Christie took a world tour with her husband, which included a stop in Waikiki where they were among the first Brits to surf standing up. In 1931, Christie was stranded on an Orient Express train for 24 hours due to flooding. A few fellow passengers served as inspiration for characters in one of her most famous novels, "Murder on the Orient Express," published three years later.

Relive the Story: Christie wrote "Murder on the Orient Express" during a stay at the Pera Palace Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey. You can stay in the same room where she slept -- ask for room 411, the Agatha Christie suite. For a taste of what inspired Christie, you can ride the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, an ultra-luxe train that travels routes across Europe.

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