Is it just me?
“The aspect of Mombasa as she rises from the sea and clothes herself with form and colour at the swift approach of the ship is alluring and even delicious.”
-Winston Churchill, first line of My African Journey (1908)
“For the traveller approaching East Africa from the sea a charming and alluring prospect awaits the eye, as though a damask cloth were spread out and thereon was displayed a delightful repast”
-R. W. Beachey, first line of A History of East Africa (1996)