Kevin McCloud's Grand Tour of Europe
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Kevin McCloud's Grand Tour of Europe

By (author) Kevin McCloud

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Channel 4's Kevin McCloud shows us how to experience the highs - and the lows - of a grand tour through France, Italy, Greece and Turkey. 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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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 18mm | 240.4g
  • 06 Sep 2011
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations (chiefly col.), ports. (chiefly col.)
  • 0753827883
  • 9780753827888
  • 64,682

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Studied Art & 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 and is second on the leaderboard .04 seconds behind Jay Kay on 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

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