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The 5 most beautiful books on the French Riviera

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By Katia Kulawick-Assante

Five mythical and essential books to share the spirit of the French Riviera during the holidays.

Legendary Saint Tropez


Behind the scenes in Saint Tropez, from Brigitte Bardot to Mick and Bianca’s wedding to celebrity petanque tournaments on the Place des Lices, the famous central square.  Originally a fishing village, Saint Tropez has become a splashy legend, in the limelight day and night.


La légende de Saint-Tropez by Henri-Jean Servat, prefaced by Brigitte Bardot, Assouline, 176 pages, 69.99€


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Riviera Cocktail


Glamor and bikinis and rock ‘n roll, the ‘50’s Riviera as seen through the eye of photographer Edward Quinn and his pictures of playboys, artists and celebrities like Grace Kelly, Brigitte Bardot and Audrey Hepburn.


Riviera Cocktail by Edward Quinn, Te Neues, 216 pages, 29.90€


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Not to be Missed on the Riviera


Off the beaten path on the Cote d’Azur, this original guidebook takes you beyond the typical tourist attractions to secret villages and gardens as well as hidden historical places.


111 Places on the French Riviera that you Must not Miss by Ralph Nestmeyer, Emons Verlag, 240 pages, 13.34€


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Once upon a time at the Carlton


Travel through time in this backstage visit of the notorious Cote d’Azur hotel. The story of the Carlton, starting with its name of Scandinavian origin meaning “town of free-men,” told in a comic strip backdropped with the Cannes film festival…


Il était une fois le Carlton by Nelly Moriquand and Fabien Lacaf, 12 Bis, 56 pages, 13.90€


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Photographer Jean-Daniel Lorieux on a quest for beauty, sun and the heavenly blue of the world’s most beautiful beaches.  Travel with him as he captures top models and celebrities, dressed by the world’s best known designers, in his cult images for fashion magazines like Vogue and L’Officiel.


Sunstroke by Jean-Daniel Lorieux, Alain de Gourcuff, 288 pages, 46.50€


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