Monthly Archives: July 2017

Ocean Liners coming to London’s V&A

The Titanic in dry dock c. 1911 © Getty Images I was at a press launch today. It was for a forthcoming exhibition, ‘Ocean Liners: Speed & Style’, which will be held at London’s V&A museum from 3 February 2018. … Continue reading

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Filed under Lost Egypt, Nile steamers

The final journey of Sir Richard Francis Burton

I made a visit to one of London’s most unusual tombs today. No great hardship as it’s only a 30-minute walk from my own front door. It is the final resting place of the famously restless Sir Richard Francis Burton … Continue reading


Filed under Shepheard's, Travellers' tales

Best be prepared

It’s July. Summer. Some of you may soon be heading off on holiday. I thought I could use this blog to pass along some solid advice on what to take along with you. It comes from Murray’s Hand-book for Travellers … Continue reading

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Filed under Baedeker and other guides

A hospital in a palace

During World War I the British military command saw Egypt, its industries, businesses and people as resources to be drawn upon to assist the war effort. The tourist industry was not exempt. Hotels around the country were requisitioned, as military … Continue reading

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Filed under Hotels then and now, Travellers' tales