poets and painters celebrated the romantic charms
of the Provençal countryside. In 1834,
an English Lord Chancellor set out to take his
consumptive daughter to Italy, but was turned
back at the border because of a cholera epidemic.
He chose to stop in a tiny fishing village called
Cannes. His friends followed, and thus was founded
the French Riviera as it came to be known by cosmopolitans,
whose contemporary counterparts still spend part
of every year there. Monaco made its fortune by
opening a casino when the railroad was built in
the 1850s. Nice, a long-established city, belonged
to the house of Savoy until 1860, when a treaty
ceded the town to France. Its Italian connections
shine through in Niçois cuisine: here pesto
is pistou, and is usually stirred into a vegetable
soup rather than pasta. In the last hundred years,
southern light has drawn wave after wave of painters:
Van Gogh, Gauguin, Renoir, later Matisse, Dufy,
Picasso, Chagall... Cézanne, of course,
was a born Provençal, and devoted his life
to celebrating “Nature's infinite diversity”
in his native region. See also Provence...
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|VACATION IN CANNES
Cannes Tourist Board
Cannes may be best known for its film festival, but the town offers a variety of attractions, from its parks and castles to its beaches along the azure-blue Mediterranean.
This opulent stone
structure is nestled in the "Triangle
d'Or," just south of the city of perfumes,
Grasse. Inside, the 18th century building
reveals itself as a charming and luxurious
Nice is a spectacular
fusion of French and Italian culture, customs
and cooking. In the summer months millions
of tourists flock to Nice's sun-baked shores.
regardless of the season you visit, you are
almost certain to witness a veritable extravaganza.
SURE BET ON MODERN LUXURY
de la Méditerranée
1929 the Cannes News declared this
property "the most luxurious building
the world has ever known." After almost
three decades of abandonment, the Palais is
as grand as ever — with the right modern