Category Archives: Hotels

Athenian

Absolutely splendid time in Athens – treated like visiting royalty by the Sylvia Ioannou Foundation, which was putting on the conference in association with the University of the Aegean and the University of Cyprus.  Five-star accommodation – views from the … Continue reading

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Lucerne

In Luzern, Lucerne, Lucerna – call it what you will – for the first time in some forty years.  Distant memories of the picturesque old wooden Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge), although I somehow now prefer the shorter Spreuerbrücke (Mill Bridge) with … Continue reading

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York Book Fair 2012 – Saturday

Just as well I was up early on Saturday.  Longtime readers will know that I occasionally have unaccountable difficulties with hotel rooms, particularly in the north of England (see Hotel Kafka and other posts below).  I say hotel ‘rooms’, but … Continue reading

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Gathering of the Clans

My Glasgow hotel had a sort of Rennie Mackintosh theme – at least, that is, until you got to my room, which seemed to have disappeared down a wholly different avenue of Scottish art – think  Landseer in Monarch of … Continue reading

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Hotel Elephant : Weimar

The safari takes on an international dimension. A slightly complex journey, but I reach Weimar (without undue incident) for a meeting of the presidents of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB). Quite an occasion, with booksellers from at least … Continue reading

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Hotel Kafka : Room 202

The mud was back on the stairs again this morning. Being cleared away by two cheery ladies who appeared to think everything was normal. But it’s not. It’s really not. I still haven’t seen another resident – although I have … Continue reading

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Purple Train

Yes, a purple train was the first thing I saw from the window of my ‘hotel’ when I rolled up the blind in Macclesfield this morning. My local guide and interpreter, Roger Treglown, suggests that I was hallucinating, but in fact … Continue reading

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