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grand tour

(formerly) an extended tour through the major cities of Europe, esp one undertaken by a rich or aristocratic Englishman to complete his education
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A portrait of one of the region's Grand Tourists, Henry Swinburne, for which he sat in Rome, is on show in the Laing Art Gallery.
For his second outing, Moore has chosen to follow in the footsteps of another overlooked historical traveller, in this case the first grand tourist, Thomas Corayate.
The Romans had plenty for the Grand Tourist to choose from, and visits were arranged almost on a weekly basis to archeological sites in all Italian cities and there wereplaces where travellers could choose a bust, a full length figure, or even a body part in marble as it came up out of the ground.
In the final episode Kevin follows in the footsteps of James Stuart and Nicholas Revett, who were two of the first grand tourists to journey as far as Greece, which in the ancient world was considered to be the cradle of Western civilisation.
Each programme will see Kevin in a different part of Europe, following the typical journeys of Grand Tourists.
Therefore, in the fashion of grand tourists she expands her educational program by inviting armchair travelers to "participate" in her Sterne-inspired geographic and cultural excursions.
We set off with European Grand Tourists, slowing down to investigate works by writers such as Mme de Stall, Stendhal and Lamartine.
One thing the diaries of the Grand Tourists do make clear is that whatever the undoubted joys of the Sistine Chapel, Notre Dame or Santa Croce, the Continent was decidedly let down by the presence of foreigners.
He pauses at all the important stops en route, and gives shrewd, terse commentaries on the rise of Islam, the Crusades, European anti-semitism, Ottoman hegemony, romantic Grand Tourists and red-faced, red-coated soldier-merchants.
For the next 150 years a steady stream of archeology buffs, botany enthusiasts, sensation-seekers and plain Grand Tourists, mostly Europeans and mostly male, rushed home to write up their Sicilian adventures with varying degrees of enthusiasm.
However, most of us, when pressed, would also admit that while tourism is hardly a new phenomenon, and that people have been traveling for centuries, whether as pilgrims, Grand Tourists or "jet-setters," the real tackiness only seemed to arrive with the introduction of package tours and mass travel.
One impression that strongly comes through in this book is that eighteenth-century Britain, as reflected in its Grand Tourists, was an integral part of Continental Europe notwithstanding her frequent and predictable condemnations of continental manners.

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