Middle East Travel
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September  2015
216 pp.
274 illus., including 110 in color 
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ISBN 9789774167195
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Grand Hotels of Egypt

In the Golden Age of Travel Andrew Humphreys

A colorfully illustrated celebration of Egypt's classic era of touring

From the earliest resthouses serving travelers on the Overland Route between Britain and Bombay to the grand Edwardian palaces on the Nile that made Egypt the exotic alternative to wintering on the Riviera, the hotels of Alexandria, Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan were always about far more than just bed and board. As bridgeheads for African exploration, neutral territories for conducting diplomacy, headquarters for armies, providers of home comforts for writers, painters, scholars, and archaeologists in the field, and social hubs for an international elite, more of importance happened in Egypt’s hotels than in any other setting. It was through the hotels that visitors from the west—the earliest adventurers, then the travelers and, finally, the tourists—experienced the Orient. This book tells the stories of Egypt’s historic hotels (including the Cecil, Shepheard’s, the Mena House, Gezira Palace, Semiramis, Winter Palace, and Cataract) and some of the people who stayed in them, from Amelia Edwards, Lucie Duff Gordon and Florence Nightingale to Agatha Christie, Conan Doyle, Winston Churchill, and TE Lawrence.
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Andrew Humphreys is the author of National Geographic Traveler Egypt ( AUC Press, 2009) and On the Nile in the Golden Age of Travel (AUC Press, 2015). He lives in London and visits Egypt frequently. Gadi Farfour, the designer of this book, was born in Alexandria, Egypt, and now lives in London. She is the designer of On the Nile in the Golden Age of Travel (AUC Press, 2015).

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"Humphreys has a great talent for taking contemporary writing and using it to portray a coherent and fully visual impression of each town, hotel and its occupants, bringing the life of Westerners in Egypt to life."—Egyptological

"We must thank Andrew Humphreys for providing a real treat for his readers."—Deborah Manley, ASTENE review

"A remarkable and entertaining book."—Cairo 360

"Takes readers back two centuries to an Egypt of socialites and celebrities. . . . artfully traces the rise of modern tourism and the hotel industry from Alexandria to Aswan."—Egypt Today

"A visual delight: diverting and informative."—The Egyptian Gazette

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