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IF EVER I’VE needed a health resort, it’s now, right?. So I turn to my Cook’s Handbook to see what meets my fancy.
It’s a 1905 edition? Whatever.
This particular Cook’s has a fulsome title page describing its focus. Fine. I’ve visited several of these locales in less stressful times. Tidbits follow, in Parts 1 and 2 today and tomorrow, gleaned from Cook’s and memory.
The Attractions. Cook’s describes, “Thousands of travellers—some prompted by pleasure, others seeking in the genial climate of Southern France restoration to health, or fleeing before the winter of their own colder latitudes—hurry southwards, to bask in the sunshine of the Riviera, to gather sweet flowers and delicious fruit in mid-winter, to bathe in the ultramarine waters of the Mediterranean; in short, to enjoy to the full the thousand charms and attractions of an earthly paradise.”
Yep, full marks to Cook’s.
The Climate. “Although the climate of the Riviera is not perfect,” Cook’s maintains, “it is one of the best in the South of Europe within 30-48 hours of London…. The actual rainfall at Nice during the winter months is greater than in London, but the number of rainy days is about thirty, as compared to seventy-six in London. The chief objection to the Riviera climate, especially in the western districts, is the amount of troublesome mistral or north-west wind, against which the surrounding mountains are not sufficiently high to procure immunity. The average mean temperature in winter is 50º–51º Fahr., or about 10º higher than in England.”
Note this was all before climate change. So I would take Cook’s advice on choice of clothing with a grain of salt.
Thanks, Cook’s, for including an ad citing “physical disorders such as sea-sickness, train dizziness, and a digestion disordered by sudden changes of climate, food or water.” Fortunately, the ad offers a preventative as well.
I am especially comforted that Eno’s Fruit Salt “never causes griping or weakening effects.”
Given effectiveness against spasm, hysteria, palpitations, neuralgia, gout, rheumatism, d’arrhɶa, cholera, dysentery, fever, croup, and ague, we might conclude that Dr. J. Collis Browne’s product was the hydroxychloroquine of its era.
Dressing Smart. Back in those days, pure wool seemed de rigueur, preferable to cotton or linen wear.
Did you know that vicunas were so much rarer than camels?
Nor did I realize that car coats of the era weren’t merely dusters. Tomorrow we’ll continue with advice about where to stay and what to do when health is restored. ds
© Dennis Simanaitis, SimanaitisSays.com, 2020