Southern France

Southern France

Southern France

Southern France

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The present guide to SOUTHERN FRANCE, which deals with the country to the S. of a line curving through the centre of France, from the mouth of the Gironde, on the W., to the valley of Chamonix, on the E., is, in scope and detail, the most complete and comprehensive English guide to this historic land. Within its limits fall the favoured region of the RIVIERA, with its attractions for pleasureseekers and invalids; sun-burned PROVENCE and the ancient cities of the RHôNE, with their Roman monuments; the strange causses and gorges of CENTRAL FRANCE and the CéVENNES; the plains of GASCONY and BORDEAUX, once so closely allied with England; the long chain of the PYRENEES, with their stern scenery and frequented watering-places; and, in the N.E., picturesque SAVOY and DAUPHINY, whose attractions for mountaineers receive special attention in the Blue Guide to the French Alps. A description of CORSICA completes the book. Like other Blue Guides the volume is arranged in a series of routes planned so as to show the ready means of access to the centres of interest; and, as in other Blue Guides, attention has been paid not only to the severely useful practical details and to the chief sights, but also to the historical, literary, and romantic associations that lend an additional charm to the beautiful land of France. Though much of the topographical detail is, by a mutual arrangement, based upon the admirable French guide-books published by Messrs. Hachette of Paris, the country has been specially re-visited by Mr. Litellus R. Muirhead, M.A., and other members of the staff, in the interests of the present book, which is written and edited from the point of view of English-speaking travellers, to meet their requirements and to satisfy their interests. The copious INDEX, with its three types differentiating places, persons, and other entries, is an easy and complete key to the varied information in the guide.

HOTEL CHARGES, following the exchange value of the franc, are liable to considerable variations when stated in francs and centimes, though when reduced to their equivalents in British currency they have oscillated comparatively slightly during the last few years. For purposes of comparison among hotels it has been judged useful to insert in the list a selection of charges from recent printed tariffs and the hotelbills of visitors, but it must be understood that these are purely comparative and not definitive.

MOTORING. Many of the most interesting roads are described in detail in the text, and at the beginning of the chief railway routes the . . .

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