Timothy decides to travel like some travellers from the eighteenth century who went on a Grand Tour. The Grand Tour was the traditional trip of Europe undertaken by mainly upper class European young men of sufficient means and rank (or those of more humble origin who could find a sponsor), as well as young women if they were also of sufficient means, and accompanied by a chaperone, such as other family members, when they had come of age (about the age of 21 years old. The custom flourished from about 1660, until the advent of large-scale rail transport in the 1840s, and was associated with a standard itinerary. It served as an educational rite of passage.
One of the travellers who he makes reference is Joseph Addison. Joseph Addison (1 May 1672 – 17 June 1719) was an English essayist, poet, playwright, and politician. One of his literary ventures was an account of his travels in Italy, Remarks on several parts of Italy, &c., in the years 1701, 1702, 1703, published in 1705 by Jacob Tonson, which was followed by an opera libretto titled Rosamund.
Another guide that Timothy uses is Baedecker from 1904. Verlag Karl Baedeker, founded by Karl Baedeker on July 1, 1827, is a German publisher and pioneer in the business of worldwide travel guides. The guides, often referred to simply as “Baedekers” contain, among other things, maps and introductions; information about routes and travel facilities; and descriptions of noteworthy buildings, sights, attractions and museums, written by specialists.
Timothy leaves England from St Pancras Station.
In Paris Timothy visits most of the places I also saw in my two visits to Paris.
Versailles, which is where he first meets Francine. Versailles was the seat of political power in the Kingdom of France from 1682, when King Louis XIV moved the royal court from Paris, until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in October 1789, within three months after the beginning of the French Revolution. Versailles is therefore famous not only as a building, but as a symbol of the system of absolute monarchy of the Ancien Régime.
Musée Rodin. The Musée Rodin in Paris, France, is a museum that was opened in 1919, dedicated to the works of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin. Here he makes a reference to Van Gogh’s Dr Gachet and The Kiss.
Notre Dame. Notre-Dame de Paris is a medieval Catholic cathedral on the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement of Paris, France. The cathedral is widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture, and it is among the largest and most well-known church buildings in the world.
Montmartre. Montmartre is a large hill in Paris‘s 18th arrondissemt. Montmartre is primarily known for the white-domed Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur on its summit and as a nightclub district. The other, older, church on the hill is Saint Pierre de Montmartre, which claims to be the location at which the Jesuit order of priests was founded.
In Montmartre he visit the cemetery where many famous people are buried. He mentions the graves of several famous people.
- Hector Berlioz, a romantic composer.
- Edgar Degas, the painter
- Jacques Offenbach, another composer
- Nijinsky, a ballet dancer.
The next destination for Timothy is Monaco where he stays at the Hotel Hermitage. The Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo is a prestigious and luxurious palace style Belle Époque in the heart of Monaco on the French Riviera .
When he meets Archie, they are in Port Hercules. Port Hercules is the only deep-water port in Monaco.
When Archie takes to meet Rosamund, they drive along the Grand Corniche. The road that runs roughly between Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat (east of Nice) along the sea to Monaco has been colloquially called The Corniche.
Rosamund live sin Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is a commune of the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France. Its tranquillity and warm climate make it a favourite holiday destination among the European aristocracy and international millionaires.
Florence is another destination I have also visited. Timothy visits many of the places I also saw while I was there on holiday:
- The Bronze doors of the Baptistery. The Baptistery is one of the oldest buildings in the city, constructed between 1059 and 1128 in the Florentine Romanesque style. The Baptistry is renowned for its three sets of artistically important bronze doors with relief sculptures. The south doors were created by Andrea Pisano and the north and east doors by Lorenzo Ghiberti. The east doors were dubbed by Michelangelo the Gates of Paradise.
- It Duomo
- Fiesole. Fiesole is a town and comune of the Metropolitan City of Florence in the Italian region of Tuscany, on a scenic height above Florence, 8 kilometres northeast of that city
- The Academia. The Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze, or “Gallery of the Academy of Florence”, is an art museum in Florence, Italy. It is the home of Michelangelo‘s sculpture David.
- Santa Croce. The Basilica di Santa Croce (Basilica of the Holy Cross) is the principal Franciscan church in Florence, and a minor basilica of the Roman Catholic Church. It is situated on the Piazza di Santa Croce, about 800 metres south-east of the Duomo. The site, when first chosen, was in marshland outside the city walls. It is the burial place of some of the most illustrious Italians, such as Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, the poet Foscolo, the philosopher Gentile and the composer Rossini, thus it is known also as the Temple of the Italian Glories
- Boboli Gardens. The Boboli Gardens is a park in Florence, Italy, that is home to a collection of sculptures dating from the 16th through the 18th centuries, with some Roman antiquities.
Timothy makes continuous references to Forster’s A Room with a View when he is visiting Florence. A Room with a View is a 1908 novel by English writer E. M. Forster, about a young woman in the restrained culture of Edwardian era England. Set in Italy and England, the story is both a romance and a critique of English society at the beginning of the 20th century.
In Rome Timothy visits:
- The Colosseum. The Colosseum or Coliseum is an oval amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy. Built of concrete and sand, it is the largest amphitheatre ever built.
- The Spanish Steps. The Spanish Steps are a set of steps , climbing a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinità dei Monti, dominated by the Trinità dei Monti church at the top.
- The Vatican. Vatican City is a walled enclave within the city of Rome. It is the smallest state in the world by both area and population. However, formally it is not sovereign, with sovereignty being held by the Holy See, the only entity of public international law that has diplomatic relations with almost every country in the world.
- The Sistine Chapel. The Sistine Chapel is a chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope, in Vatican City. Originally known as the Cappella Magna, the chapel takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV, who restored it between 1477 and 1480. Since that time, the chapel has served as a place of both religious and functionary papal activity. Today it is the site of the Papal conclave, the process by which a new pope is selected.
- The Fontana di Trevi. The Trevi Fountain is a fountain in the Trevi district in Rome, designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Pietro Bracci. Standing 26.3 metres high and 49.15 metres wide, it is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world.
- The Appian Way. he Appian Way was one of the earliest and strategically most important Roman roads of the ancient republic. It connected Rome to Brindisi, in southeast Italy.
- The Baths of Caracalla. The Baths of Caracalla were the city’s second largest Roman public baths, or thermae, likely built between AD 212 (or 211) and 216/217, during the reigns of emperors Septimius Severus and Caracalla. Today they are a tourist attraction.
- Church of St Ignacio de Loyola. The Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola at Campus Martius is a Roman Catholic titular church, of deaconry rank, dedicated to Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus.
The novel ends in Bosham where Timothy moves in after returning from his trip. Bosham is a coastal village and civil parish in the Chichester District of West Sussex. Its land forms a broad peninsula projecting into natural Chichester Harbour where Bosham has its own harbour and inlet on the western side.