My dear reader,
In case you find this Feuilleton Ritz-heavy, you couldn't be more right. Since the early 1880s, the name Ritz is simply the better word for luxury.
PUTTING UP THE RITZ … for sale. This time you ...
Digging into China — in a secret tunnel below Renmin Square, Xi'an.
Andreas Augustin presents
PEOPLE‘S GRAND HOTEL XIAN
in Edition Raconteur — THE MOST FAMOUS HOTELS IN THE WORLD®
The spacious seat of ancient civilisat...
Hotel Metropole, Vienna, opened 1873; by architects K Schumann und L Tischler, famous before the war, infamous headquater of the GESTAPO during 1939–1945, destroyed by bombs in 1945, never rebuilt.
Hotel Continental, Vienna, open...
Questions asked by Andreas Augustin; Letters from China are written by Prof. Zhang Guangrui
Greetings from Europe, the cradle of ancient customs and the inventors of the modern world.
European hospitality is rooted in the Gree...
Photography Bill Lorenz
The Location: Xi’an, North West China, Shaanxi Province
The Attraction: Terracotta Army (the 8th wonder of the world)
The Hotel: People’s Grand Hotel
The Date: opened in 1953, reopened NOW
At the Hotel Scribe, in Paris, on 25 December 1895, at the Indian Salon, then part of the Grand Café which was rented out to the Jockey Club, Auguste and his brother Louis Jean Lumière showed the first motion picture using the system of...
Just as the West was enamoured by the wonders of India and Asia, the royals from India were adapting to the western culture with élan. Photograph from our book IMPERIAL New Delhi.
Being an Indian royal was all about the finer things ...
The Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie GBS, LLD, Officier dans l'Ordre National de la Légion d'Honneur Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres Commandeur de l'Ordre de Léopold II.
Michael Kadorrie was appointed a director in 1964 and ele...
Author Andreas Augustin visits a good old friend. Once called one of the “Maidens of the East”, today one of the Grand Old Ladies of South East Asia. The Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok keeps its reign as the most famous hotel of Thailand, b...
Fluent in French, Spanish, Italian, and marginally fluent in Russian, Chinese and Japanese, Aloha Wanderwell – nomen est omen – was the first woman to drive around the world in a customised Model T Ford.
The gardens of the People's Grand Hotel in Xi'an, China, are home to over 10,000 plants representing over 70 different species.
♥ The most prominent and valuable inhabitant of the gardens is certainly the Crape Myrtle tree next to t...
First of all, obtain your very own and personal copy of Marcel Proust’s A La Recherche du Temps Perdu. Inform reception tha...Read More
Happiness is made to be shared, knew the great French dramatist Jean Baptiste Racine (†1699).
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