High Season: How One French Riviera Town Has Seduced Travelers for Two Thousand Years

author: Robert Kanigel, Writing and Humanistic Studies, Center for Future Civic Media, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT
published: July 18, 2011,   recorded: September 2002,   views: 2334

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Robert Kanigel's High Season: How One French Riviera Town Has Seduced Travelers for Two Thousand Years (Viking, 2002) is a colorful story of what happens when traveler and destination meet, it also offers a probing look at the transforming power of tourism as an industry. Drawing on primary sources that cover literally two millennia, High Season is a book about what pleasure and escape has meant across the ages by telling the story of one place: the prince jewel, Nice. High Season is an intelligent journey through the history and the streets of Nice that vividly demonstrates why Nice reigned as queen of the Riviera, and how the lessons learned by this once-modest medieval town apply to the Nantuckets, Venices, Aspens and Salzburgs of the world. Kanigel's portrait stands for all of the tourist meccas of the world; for every exotic haven which suffers tension between visitor and host; for every tourist destination that has risen to popularity, peaked, and wondered what to do next.

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