Entries tagged with: Athens

A HOTEL — LOST IN ATHENS Adrian Mourby

A HOTEL — LOST IN ATHENS

Photograph:  (c) Kate Tadman-Mourby 2021 PATRICIA HIGHSMITH AND THE STRANGE CASE OF THE DISAPPEARING KINGS PALACE HOTEL OF ATHENS Patricia Highsmith was one of the best crime writers of the twentieth century. Her tales of Thomas Ripley ...

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MOURBY OF ATHENS Adrian Mourby

MOURBY OF ATHENS

Adrian Mourby thinks that the Hotel Grande Bretagne has never looked so grand   On my first night back in Athens there was a protest march due in Syntagma Square. The liveried staff prepared by calmly removing the brass handrail in case a...

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The Reopenings: Athens — Grand Bretagne Adrian Mourby

The Reopenings: Athens — Grand Bretagne

BY ADRIAN MOURBY On Wednesday, 15 July 2020, one of the most important buildings in Athens reopens to the public. It’s not the Acropolis, nor is it the Hellenic Parliament (although that building, originally the palace of King Otto I, is its n...

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The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

Since decades “The Oriental”, as it is affectionately known by travellers from all over the globe, leads the lists of all...Read More

Raffles Hotel

Raffles Hotel

The historic building (top, slide to the right): The "new" Raffles main building in 1899. It opened on 18 November 1899, featuring the all new...Read More

Le Royal

Le Royal

In 1923/24, the construction of a 55-room hotel in Phnom Penh was proposed, with Ernest Hébrard as architect. A visionary planner, he was in...Read More

Galle Face

Galle Face

The Galle Face Hotel was established in 1864, five years before the Suez Canal came into operation. A journey through the Suez Canal was a...Read More

Half Moon

Half Moon

In 1954, a group of wealthy individuals including Donald Deskey, the fabled designer (among his works the Radio City Music Hall); Harvey Firestone,...Read More