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London to Monte Carlo: Part 1

Michael Portillo embarks on a railway adventure which takes him across the heart of Europe. Steered by his 1913 railway guide, Michael journeys through a prosperous prewar Europe of emperors, kings, pomp and elegance. This early 20th-century handbook opened up an exotic world to the Edwardian tourist. Leaving London behind, Michael follows the most popular route of the Edwardian traveller through France. His first stop is Paris where he absorbs the atmosphere of La Belle Époque, before travelling south to the Cote d'Azur.

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30 minutes

Last on

Mon 28 Sep 2015 19:30


Role Contributor
PresenterMichael Portillo
Executive ProducerJohn Comerford
Executive ProducerPam Cavannagh

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