Portraits of the Riviera

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The Riviera is a name that conjures sparkling seas and endless sunshine: palm trees, outdoor cafes and tanning bodies on the sand. But behind the stereotype of wealth and glamour is one of Europe's most beautiful and accessible tourist locations. Take it from one who knows: while renovating her apartment in the medieval ramparts of Ventimiglia, New Zealander Carolyn McKenzie was stunned by the variety of inspiring places surrounding her. Now an entrenched local, McKenzie shares her knowledge so that all visitors ...

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Overview

The Riviera is a name that conjures sparkling seas and endless sunshine: palm trees, outdoor cafes and tanning bodies on the sand. But behind the stereotype of wealth and glamour is one of Europe's most beautiful and accessible tourist locations. Take it from one who knows: while renovating her apartment in the medieval ramparts of Ventimiglia, New Zealander Carolyn McKenzie was stunned by the variety of inspiring places surrounding her. Now an entrenched local, McKenzie shares her knowledge so that all visitors can make the most of this unique region.

From Cervo in Italy to Massif de l'Esterel in France, discover a different Riviera. Delve beneath the surface and discover the art, architecture and culture of this enticing destination. Portraits of the Riviera provides a very personal perspective of 150kms of coastline of Italy and France known worldwide as The Riviera.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143019114
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 7.72 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Carolyn McKenzie was first drawn to Italy in the 1970s. She has lived in the regions of Calabria and Piemonte, and moved to her present home in Ventimiglia Alta, on the coast, in Liguria's extreme west, in 1997.

Thanks to an enthusiastic team of builders, renovating her new home perched in the town's medieval ramparts was great fun.

Teaching English part-time left Carolyn free to explore her slice of the Riviera, and her fascination with the Roman and medieval periods, with the quirky and the eerie, and her love of train travel have taken her to many of the Riviera's more out-of-the-way destinations.

When she isn't teaching, travelling or writing, Carolyn enjoys pottering in her miniature garden in the ramparts, and welcoming guests from all around the world.

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Table of Contents

Maps 7
Acknowledgements 9
Introduction 11
Part 1 But why Ventimiglia?
1 Darkness and light 23
2 So why not Ventimiglia? 33
3 Just a little bit more 45
4 Good omens and a trip to Sainte-Agnes 57
5 Renovations begin 71
6 Tiles unlimited 81
Part 2 On and beyond the Riviera
7 The citrus fruit festival in Menton 87
8 The pine cone villages of the Nervia valley 96
9 Cervo - gateway to the Riviera of Flowers 106
10 Green vegetable pie 113
11 Perinaldo - reaching for the stars 119
12 Triora - in memory of witches past 124
13 Spring in the hanging gardens 131
14 The Battle of the Flowers and the Hanbury Botanic Gardens 141
15 A walk around Ventimiglia Alta 148
16 Sospel - on the salt route 155
17 The Valley of Wonders and the Valley of Fontanalba 164
18 Places in the sun 181
19 Taking the train 192
20 A long way from St Petersburg 210
21 The Route Napoleon - the return of an emperor 217
22 The Massif de l'Esterel - bandit country 232
23 Odd jobs 240
Postscript 244
Practicalities 246
References 251
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