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Itinerary of Provence and the Rhone Made During the Year 1819   By: (1790-1857)

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In John Hughes' "Itinerary of Provence and the Rhone Made During the Year 1819," readers are taken on a fascinating journey through the picturesque regions of Provence and the enchanting Rhone. Hughes, with his meticulous attention to detail, provides a comprehensive account of his travels, offering both historical insights and personal observations that elevate this travelogue to a captivating narrative.

One of the standout features of this book is the author's vivid descriptions, which transport readers to the vibrant landscapes and charming towns of Provence and the Rhone. Hughes captures the essence of each location, delving into the architecture, cuisine, and local customs, allowing readers to truly immerse themselves in the cultural tapestry of these regions. The author's knack for painting scenes with his words creates a palpable sense of place, enabling readers to feel as though they are traversing the narrow streets and savoring the aromatic scents of Provence themselves.

Moreover, Hughes demonstrates a deep understanding of the historical significance of each location, blending his personal experiences seamlessly with historical facts. This enriches the narrative, providing readers with a well-rounded understanding of the region's history and how it has shaped the present. Hughes effortlessly interweaves tales of local legends, anecdotes, and historical accounts, resulting in a captivating tapestry of information that is both educational and engaging.

Another commendable aspect of this book is the author's inclusion of various cultural aspects, from art and literature to music and festivals, which further enhance the reader's journey. By shedding light on the cultural heritage of Provence and the Rhone, Hughes enables readers to appreciate the richness of these regions beyond their physical beauty. The book serves as an excellent resource for those seeking to delve deeper into the cultural intricacies of the places they visit.

While the book is undoubtedly informative and beautifully written, one minor drawback is the occasional verbose passages that may overwhelm readers seeking a more concise travel account. However, this slight detraction does not detract from the overall quality of the book, as the depth of information provided compensates for any verbosity.

"Itinerary of Provence and the Rhone Made During the Year 1819" by John Hughes is a captivating travelogue that enthralls readers with its vivid descriptions, historical insights, and cultural exploration. Hughes' passion for the subject matter shines through, allowing readers to embark on a literary journey that delves beyond the surface of these enchanting regions. Whether planning a trip or seeking an immersive armchair exploration, this book is a valuable companion that will transport readers to the stunning landscapes and rich history of Provence and the Rhone.

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South of France


" I informed my friend that I had just received from England a journal of a tour made in the South of France by a young Oxonian friend of mine, a poet, a draughtsman, and a scholar in which he gives such an animated and interesting description of the Château Grignan, the dwelling of Madame de Sevigné's beloved daughter, and frequently the place of her own residence, that no one who ever read the book would be within forty miles of the same without going a pilgrimage to the spot. The Marquis smiled, seemed very much pleased, and asked the title at length of the work in question; and writing down to my dictation, 'An Itinerary of Provence and the Rhone made during the year 1819, by John Hughes, A.M. of Oriel College, Oxford,' observed, that he could now purchase no books for the Château, but would recommend that the Itineraire should be commissioned for the Library to which he was abonné in the neighbouring town," Sir Walter Scott's Quentin Durward .

Thomas White, Printer, Johnson's Court.







[Illustration: J. Hughes Esq. del. W. Woolnoth, SG. ISLE OF ST. MARGUERITE NEAR CANNES AND PRISON OF MASQUE DE FER... Continue reading book >>

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