FRENCH RIVIERA EBOOKS
Learn everything there is to know about Côte d'Azur and the French Riviera and it's gems.
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France is the number one travel destination in the world. Nice is the second most visited place in France, only after Paris. The pleasant Mediterranean climate makes the region around Nice – the French Riviera – a terrific destination around the year. The lifestyle of Provence, the local food and wine, the Alps, the sea and the long history mixed with international influences create a unique atmosphere for the region.
The Gems of Nice and the French Riviera is a travel guidebook that actually shows you the places and sights worth visiting in this eastern corner of Provence. The book covers the Riviera from Cannes to Menton, showing you the best places in charming towns like Antibes, Grasse and Monaco, In addition, the book unveils Riviera gems other guidebooks haven’t discovered yet. Packed with beautiful photographs that let you view what it is really like on the site, the book also enhances your viewing experience with video clips.
Starting just east of la Ciotat, the great sweep of Mediterranean coast, all the way to the Italian border, is referred to as the Cote d’Azur or the Riviera. It is a large area with dozens of beaches and, despite the coast’s reputation for toney glamor alternating with brash vulgarity, it’s a great location for watersports, boating, parascending, climbing, hiking and gliding. The Western Cote d’Azur is a deeply indented coast, characterized by many small towns, miles of sandy beaches, and three great mountainous headlands, called massifs. The Massif des Maures, Massif de l’Esterel and Massif de Tanneron foreshadow the march of the Alps to the sea farther east along the Riviera. They offer stunning long distance views and provide miles of good walking. For years, French vacationers kept the region their secret, staying in their holiday homes or with friends and family.
This eBook version of the Green Guide French Riviera is completely revised and expanded, featuring dozens of new sights, hotels, restaurants, and maps. The guide presents top attractions, the most interesting towns, shopping hot spots, and places to eat and stay for a variety of budgets, allowing travelers to plan their trip in advance or be spontaneous on site. Explore historic hilltop towns, sample the region’s rose wines, or take to sea with our scuba diving, sailing and fishing advice. Michelins celebrated star-rating system makes sure you see the best of the French Riviera.
In 1834, the British Lord Chancellor, Lord Henry Brougham, was on his way to Nice, still part of Italy and already a popular winter resort with English aristocrats. Because of a cholera epidemic in Provence, the governor of Nice had closed the border so Brougham and his daughter Eleanore were turned back. On their way to Grasse, they stopped for the night at an inn on what is today the Rue du Port in Cannes. Brougham was so taken with the little village of Canois that he stayed on, ultimately commissioning a splendid villa named after his daughter. Two years later, the creme de la creme of London high society, fleeing Britain’s dull winter climate, followed Brougham to Cannes. By 1838, the port was under construction and the spectacular seafront, La Croisette, was underway.