American Riviera

WW2, litterature, art & history on the French Riviera

« You are a lost generation » said Gertrude Stein to Ernst Hemingway.
Thus, the term was born. During the roaring twenties a whole generation of American writers from Hemingway to Fitzgerald along with artists such as Cole Porter, Sydney Bechet or Charlie Chaplin left the US for Europe, and for more than a decade a lot of them considered the French Riviera their second home. On the Hemingway beach of MANDELIEU where a part of “Garden of Eden” takes place, on the Croisette Promenade of CANNES, on the terrasses of JUAN-LES-PINS where “Tender is the night” or “tales of the Jazz age” were written, near the GAROUPE lighthouse that Dos Passos talks about, or in VALESCURE where “Great Gatsby” was born, we will follow their stories, read some pages and testimonies, hear their music.

WW2 legacy

In August 1944 Provence liberators brought back freedom to what will be, for many of them, their forever land as you will discover at the RHONE AMERICAN CEMETRY in Draguignan. We’ll rediscover the traces of the American DDay in Provence with the landing sites of AGAY, LA MOTTE and DRAMONT, as well as the ruins of the German defensive line along the GOLD CORNICHE ROUTE, one of the most scenic in France.

Discover the French Riviera with an American flavor.

« Is it any better in heaven, my friend Ford, than you found it in Provence » – Williams Carlo Williams

Lost generation in France - WW2 tour in Provence - Americans on the French Riviera

Highlights

  • Rhone American Cemetry
  • Juan-les-pins & Belles Rives hotel
  • La Garoupe
  • Cannes
  • Gold corniche route & WW2 sites
  • Mandelieu & Hemingway beach
  • La Motte, Valescure & Agay landing sites
  • WW2 memorial in Dramont

Options

  • Coffee at the Belles rives hotel
  • Clews American foundation
  • Le Muy DDay museum
  • Artillery museum
  • “Tales of the jazz ages” original version gift

Infos

  • Private tour
  • 8 hours
  • Guide-driver
  • Tailor made program
  • All inclusive
  • From Nice, Cannes or Antibes
  • Cultural tour
  • WW2 tour