Category Archives: Travellers’ tales

Early travellers and other occasionally odd characters.

Christmas chills with Amelia

A few weeks ago a visitor to this site posted a comment in which he guessed that I would be familiar with Amelia Edward’s A Thousand Miles Up the Nile. I’ll say. Grand Hotels of Egypt begins with Amelia and … Continue reading

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One for the world

My first post on this site back in November 2011 concerned Joe Scialom (that’s him, above). Joe was the legendary bartender in charge of the Long Bar at Shepheard’s from 1939 until 1952. In that time he became just about … Continue reading

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The diary of Charlotte Riggs

From the unpublished diary of Mrs Charlotte Riggs of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, who with her husband Reverend Alexander B Riggs sailed from New York to the Holy Land in 1907 aboard the White Star Line steamer Arabic. Launched in 1902, … Continue reading

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Sirena’s creamy skin was wealed with lash marks, old and new!

“Every city has its something. Rome has St Peter’s. Peking has its Summer Palace. Moscow has the Kremlin. In Madrid there’s the Prado. In New York there’s the Empire State. Constantinople has St Sophia. Cairo has Shepheard’s.” If it seems … Continue reading

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More Pyramideering

The always interesting Nile Magazine has taken a post from this website on the history of Pyramid climbing and expanded it into a lavish photo feature. The piece isn’t online but you can pick up a copy of the latest … Continue reading

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The Oxford Pension

For a spell back at the end of the 80s/early 90s whenever I was walking around Downtown Cairo I used to have guys shout at me, “Hey! Kaboria!” The reference was to a hit film that was playing at the … Continue reading

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Marka Twain

Many of the items used to illustrate Grand Hotels of Egypt (and the forthcoming On the Nile) I’ve bought at auction. I’m on the mailing list of several auction sites, which notify me when they have something that may be … Continue reading

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Victor’s watch

Today I received another email from Peter Kuonen – who sent me the wonderful images of his grand-uncle Victor, who was concierge at the Winter Palace in its heyday (see here). Here’s the text of Peter’s email: Much to my … Continue reading

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Strange tales from Shepheard’s part 2

From the Dundee Courier of Tuesday 25 August 1936: A dissected corpse has been discovered inside a truck which had been left on the pavement outside Shepheard’s Hotel, Cairo. The trunk was left by a well-dressed young Egyptian in European … Continue reading

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Strange tales from Shepheard’s part 1

From the Yorkshire Evening Post of Saturday 4 June 1892: There are strange chambermaids at Shepheard’s Hotel in Cairo. A lady declares that the one who waited on her room and attended to all the duties of the calling, even … Continue reading

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