Around the World in 80 Hotels (3) PERSONALITIES

Around the World in 80 Hotels (3)

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Italy, as a classic tourist destination, is home to many grand hotels; from Venice's Danieli to Florence, where I stayed at the Grand H...

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Mourby of Rome Adrian Mourby

Mourby of Rome

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Adrian Mourby travelled to Rome and landed in history. In search for a decent 'albergo', two books of The Most Famous Hotels library ca...

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“I hope he is not going to die at my hotel!” PERSONALITIES

“I hope he is not going to die at my hotel!”

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For most of us the worst and certainly final of all nightmares is to die abroad. But some had made it a point to die at a certain place...

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César Ritz (2) PERSONALITIES

César Ritz (2)

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In the late 1880s, London's new hotel The Savoy was the most important stepping stone in Ritz’s magnificent career. Here he met the B...

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Mourby of Rome — Eden Adrian Mourby

Mourby of Rome — Eden

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In October 1889 Francesco Nistelweck achieved his dream of converting a three-storey palazzo on the top of the Pincian Hill into a new ...

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1932: Flying from Europe to Asia

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While a steamship from Europe to Indonesia would have never come near Bangkok, the 1932 KLM schedule from Amsterdam to Batavia in a Fok...

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