Phileas Fogg Lunch
Today is the annual Phileas Fogg lunch. As it goes, I get together with a few friends to celebrate Phileas Fogg's departure on his trip around the world. An eighty day voyage that I keep in mind almost through Christmas. At 12:45 PM (8:45 PM London time) we all head out for a grand lunch.
The story starts in London on October 2, 1872. Phileas Fogg is a wealthy, solitary, unmarried gentleman with regular habits. The source of his wealth is not known and he lives modestly. He fires his former valet, James Forster, for bringing him shaving water two degrees too cold. He hires as a replacement Passepartout, a Frenchman of around 30 years of age. Later that day in the Reform Club, he gets involved in an argument over an article in The Daily Telegraph, stating that with the opening of a new railway section in India, it is now possible to travel around the world in 80 days.
London / Suez rail and steamer 7 days
Suez / Bombay steamer 13 days
Bombay / Calcutta rail 3 days
Calcutta / Hong Kong steamer 13 days
Hong Kong / Yokohama steamer 6 days
Yokohama / San Francisco steamer 22 days
San Francisco / New York rail 7 days
New York / London steamer 9 days total 80 days
Fogg accepts a wager for £20,000 from his fellow club members, which he will receive if he makes it around the world in 80 days. Accompanied by his manservant Passepartout, he leaves London by train at 8.45 p.m. on October 2, 1872, and thus is due back at the Reform Club at the same time 80 days later, on December 21. Read the whole book from Planet PDF: Around the World in Eighty Days