Kevin McCloud's Grand Tour of Europe

Kevin McCloud's Grand Tour of Europe

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By (author) Kevin McCloud

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  • Publisher: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 18mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 6 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0753827883
  • ISBN 13: 9780753827888
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations (chiefly col.), ports. (chiefly col.)
  • Sales rank: 59,930

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Loosely following in the footsteps of the most notorious grand tourists Kevin clambers in, on and amongst the greatest buildings, ruins and cities in Europe and also veers drastically off the official path to visit the brothels, bathhouses and drinking dens which formed the other half of the grand tourists' experiences. This accumulation of sights sounds and smells allows a sense of what it must have been like for a callow Briton to have come face to face with the heat and the noise, the drama and still living history of the civilisations of Europe. As always, Kevin, who speaks French and Italian fluently, is an entertaining and masterly companion as we delve behind the facades we all think we know so well.

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Kevin studied Art and Architecture at Cambridge, trained as a theatre designer, then set up his own design, lighting and manufacturing business. Today he concentrates on television work, journalism and product design. He is best known for his series GRAND DESIGNS and GRAND DESIGNS ABROAD which have spawned a monthly magazine of the same name. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, an ambassador for WWF and has a number of honorary degrees. He has also appeared as TOP GEAR's Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.

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this hedonistic romp shows that even in today's cynical society, Europe is still a place of excitement and wonder. HUDDERSFIELD DAILY EXAMINER