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Queen Victoria and the Discovery of the Riviera

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Queen Victoria fell in love with the Riviera when she discovered it on her first visit to Menton in 1882 and her enchantment with this 'paradise of nature' endured for almost twenty years. Victoria's visits helped to transform the French Riviera by paving the way for other European royalty, the aristocracy and the very rich, who were to turn it into their pleasure garden. ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 15th 2007 by Tauris Parke Paperbacks (first published 2001)
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Kate
Feb 14, 2012 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kate by: Goodreads search for 'Riviera'
This is a nice, short history of Queen Victoria on vacation, which earned its fourth star in the last chapter with a fascinating bit of British colonial history and the illumination of how important the Queen's leisure was to international relations.

This work suffers from the same problems that plague most histories of the French Riviera. Never a seat of political intrigue and relatively safe from military campaigns, there isn't much history to write about. It has a great climate, but was har
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Donna
Vaguely interests but as dull as herself in old age
Jeremy Noble
Jun 06, 2015 Jeremy Noble rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book researching my novel "Villa Eilenroc" which is set in the South of France. I wanted to find out how the Côte d'Azur became fashionable. Well, this book makes a good case for saying that it was Queen Victoria who put it on the map. Yes, there were plenty of European aristocrats who had made it their home, but Victoria's regular visits brought the area into the popular imagination.

In "Villa Eilenroc" a character says that "Queen Victoria invented the Côte d'Azur, and Scott Fitzger
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Chase Insteadman Mountbatten
"A traveller may leave London bridge station at 7,40 on Monday morning by mail train for Paris, and be at Nice or Mentone for supper the following day, Tuesday."

"One saw very nasty disreputable looking people walking about in Monte Carlo, though many respectable people go there also for their health. The harm this attractive gambling establishment does, cannot be overestimated."
Nate
Mar 29, 2016 Nate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An extremely interesting book about each and every one of the Queen's visits to the Riviera. It was made more interesting by the fact that I had visited these places such as Nice and Menton recently. It explained so much, especially why there were so many streets with Anglais in the name.
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