Afternoon Tea på Old Cataract hotell i Aswan

Old Cataract Hotel, Aswan

Fra Nilen ser Old Cataract hotell grandiost ut der det ligger på en granittklippe over oss. Dersom du har sett Døden på Nilen, ser det nok også kjent ut. Min eldste datter liker å drikke te på gamle, ærverdige hotell, særlig hvis hun kan ha på seg en stor hatt og se mystisk ut.

Uniformerte portvakter forteller oss at vi må betale 85 egyptiske pund for å komme inn. Tydelig at de ikke vil ha hvilketsomhelstslags pakk hengende rundt her. En formildende omstendighet er at inngangpengene kan brukes til å betale for det man kjøper her inne. Og vi kom jo for å drikke te. For å bruke opp alle pengene, bestiller vi til og med Royal Tea. Vi vises til de lavere terrassene. Den store terrassen – der hvor det spiller et orkester, hvor det er myke, luksuriøse plysjsofaer og ikke minst hvor det er tak over hodet – er forbeholdt overnattingsgjester.

Agatha Christie bodde en gang på Old Cataract. Kunne jeg tenke meg det? Vel, jeg er ikke sikker på om jeg liker holdningen her.

Old Cataract - tea

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33 Responses to “Afternoon Tea på Old Cataract hotell i Aswan”

  1. Renee King 29 januar 2012 2343 #

    Sophie-Anne, I’m glad that you didn’t let the high brow attitude ruin your lovely tea with the girls. It was still overall a great experience for you it seems and you made the best of it. It is a lovely place and now you have wonderful memories to share with the wee ones.
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  2. Renee King 29 januar 2012 2344 #

    Sorry about that Anne-Sophie…this is what little sleep gets me. lol
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 2 februar 2012 1045 #

      No worries, Renee. Sophie-Anne is a nice name, too :)

  3. Erica Hargreave @ Roamancing 30 januar 2012 0026 #

    Loving the picture of the girls. I always love going to high tea with my nieces, and after being to Egypt, rather relish the idea of high tea on the Nile.
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  4. Andrew Graeme Gould 30 januar 2012 0402 #

    What a great location, Sophie. Sounds like a wonderful place to visit!
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  5. Cathy Sweeney 30 januar 2012 0527 #

    Look at those happy faces while having Royal Tea. I guess it’s kind of a mystery as to if you’ll be a resident there. :)
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  6. ItalianNotes 30 januar 2012 0757 #

    I recognize the glee of of coming across a sinful lot of familiar cakes in unfamiliar surroundings. It’s great.
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  7. robin 30 januar 2012 0931 #

    Your daughter is quite right of course that a mysterious look is de rigeur for these old places. I like to pick a spot in the lobby and pretend to read a newspaper…

    Egypt is one of my most visited countries but I’ve still never made it to Aswan!
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  8. Emilia 30 januar 2012 1051 #

    I love the excitement on your daughter’s face! It must be bacause of the cakes. :)
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  9. Turkey's For Life 30 januar 2012 1101 #

    Glad you got to enjoy the experience of the tea in such a grand place. We found a similar attitude when we went into the Pera Palace Hotel in Istanbul. Never have we felt so unwanted – great to be there though! ;)
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  10. adventureswithben 30 januar 2012 1457 #

    I love the smile on their faces!
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  11. InsideJourneys 30 januar 2012 1536 #

    Sophie, by the look on your daughter’s face, I’d say that 85 Egyptian pounds was well spent.
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  12. inka 30 januar 2012 1615 #

    I’m with your oldese daughter, looking mysterious and wearing a big hat. Places like these are where I feel most at home… I dream and pretend to be a movie star. I’m also quite capable of answering attitude with attitude!!!
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  13. Court @ Haunt Jaunts 30 januar 2012 1826 #

    OMG! You had me at “Agatha Christie”. This looks like a PHENOMENAL place to have high tea!!!! (And how cute is your last picture? TOO CUTE!)
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  14. Michael Figueiredo 31 januar 2012 0249 #

    What an experience that must have been! :)
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  15. Annie - FootTracker 31 januar 2012 1128 #

    The girls look so happy with their smiles =) For me I would love to wear a puffy Victorian dress while having my high tea, with many lads keeping me company XDDD
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  16. Ana (Ana Travels) 31 januar 2012 1446 #

    I like how your eldest daughter thinks! I could sip tea in hold hotels all day long :)
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  17. Tea with your girls can’t be beat!
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  18. Melinda Eliza 1 februar 2012 0322 #

    I remember sailing up the Nile on a falucca and seeing that majestic hotel. Who knew it was 85 Egyptian pounds just to enter! That’s a lot of money but, in my opinion, you earned it all back with that fabulous image of your girls!
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  19. Anne-Sophie Redisch
    Anne-Sophie Redisch 2 februar 2012 1047 #

    Thanks for reading, everyone :)

  20. Abby 2 februar 2012 1543 #

    That is SO fun!!
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  21. Gladys | 2 februar 2012 1638 #

    a royal tea time indeed… the kids are so cute!
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 3 februar 2012 1134 #

      Thanks Gladys :)

  22. Angela 2 februar 2012 1700 #

    Similar feeling when we went to the Emirates Palace, well, the first time they refused us the entrance.. Is it a hotel or what? Can I say I much prefer little, dirty, local places?? ;)
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 3 februar 2012 1136 #

      Yes, you absolutely can :)
      I like both ends of the scale – luxurious places or the grottier little ones with heaps of personality. The middling, bland ones are a bit more dull.

  23. Sonja 3 februar 2012 0829 #

    Once again, you’ve been some very interesting places!
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  24. Lisa 3 februar 2012 1718 #

    What a fabulous spot to have tea – I’m pretty sure I’d be grinning like that too!
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  25. Vera Marie Badertscher 3 februar 2012 1845 #

    Wow! That’s a pricey tea. I don’t even want to think about what the room rates would be.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 8 februar 2012 2243 #

      I checked the room rates – and remember they weren’t too off-putting.

  26. Andrea 4 februar 2012 0530 #

    I like the idea of making you purchase a certain amount to enter places like these. Otherwise the people there to eat and drink have to put up with too many crowds.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 8 februar 2012 2241 #

      You may have a point, Andrea. Only serious visitors…

  27. That smile = pure excitement
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  28. Annie@GreenTravelReviews 18 desember 2013 1243 #

    It absolutely did look familiar, good old Agatha Christie! Looks splendid, still :-)

    (That last picture was adorable!)
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