Founded by the Greeks some time after the 6th century BC, Nice has borne the tread of Roman legionnaires and Italy-bound Englishmen on the Grand Tour and now has tourism at its heart. This book explores how tourism evolved, how Nice and the Riviera became what they are, and the price they paid.
Nice is the queen of the Cote d'Azur. Founded by the Greeks some time after the 6th century BC, it has borne the tread of Roman legionnaires and Italy-bound Englishmen on the Grand Tour as well as Lost Generation literati from Hemingway to Fitzgerald. Since the late 19th century it has been known as a "pleasure capital", and now tourism is its beating heart. But how did this happen? What was it that changed not just Nice or the French Riviera, but our leisure habits as a whole? This is a book about pleasure and escape - about what five months or five days in a strikingly beautiful, foreign place, wrested from lives choked with stress and toil back home, meant to a few wealthy people 250 years ago, and mean to millions more of more modest means today. It is about how modern tourism got the way it did. It is about how Nice and the Riviera became what they are; and about the price they paid to do so.
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'This book is full of the sound of people being happy' S. TIMES 'Kanigel has delved deeply into the archives to unearth a wealth of fascinating stories' S.TEL. 'Kanigel unfolds the story with a panache and a conviviality worthy of the city at its best' NY TIMES 'A fascintating, well-researched and lively account ... Sometimes, when reading this book, you can almost feel the sun on your face and sometimes a slight chill as it goes down' IRELAND ON SUNDAY
About Robert Kanigel
Robert Kanigel is the author of three previous books. He currently teaches writing in the University of Baltimore's publications design programme.
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