In 1924, Eugène Le Moult, the French entomologist, embarked on a journey aboard the Simplon Orient Express to meet prominent customers in Munich, Vienna and Istanbul. For Le Moult, this was more than just a mode of transportation; it was an opportunity to combine his love for travel, exploration, and his cherished butterflies.

The Orient Express was a prestigious and luxurious train service that was was renowned for its opulence, comfort, and the high level of service it offered to passengers. It was known for its fine dining, comfortable sleeping accommodations, and well-appointed carriages.