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On the way to Italy British travellers had to pass through France. As the centre of taste and fashion Paris was naturally the most important destination. Those who were proceeding at a leisurely pace often stayed a few months to polish their school French. The routes were well documented, so that subsequent accounts sought novel approaches to tired topics.

Brice's guide to Paris

Into its seventh edition, Brice's guide to Paris clearly satisfied its customers, who needed two volumes just to appreciate what one city had to offer. Illustrations were also clearly a stong selling point, indicating that the book was appreciated at least as much by armchair travellers as by those who actually explored Paris.
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Wild times in France

More of a sermon than a practical guide, Neale's small book testifies to the persistent assumption that going abroad, especially to France, also meant going wild:

Wherefore now some brief direction concerning sensuall recreations and pleasures shall in order be added. Of these amongst forraigners great care must be taken. For if this Violence, or rather furious rage of the most unbridled passion, be exceeding dangerous [at home], what shall we conceive of the great inconveniences, it bringeth forth, when we lye open to all forraign snares and temptations? (143-44)
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A sentimental journey

Toward the end of his life, Sterne travelled to Italy for his health, and managed to pen this Shandean account of his trip, stressing emotional insights over tourist sights. This particular encounter with the starling undermines the narrator's previous assurance that a spell in the Bastille could be pleasant and precedes his famous denunciation of slavery and praise of English liberty. So while the style may be original, the nationalistic stereotypes are traditional.
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Travels for the heart

Pratt's two-volume work, clearly following Sterne's lead, concludes with the traveller's female companion's wish for peace. The author assumes still that travel is instructive, but rather than teaching about history or politics, travel strives for Locke's aim of illuminating human nature, albeit in a much more sentimental vein than Locke intended.
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Thicknesse's account

Another popular account, Thicknesse proceeds more regularly than Pratt or Sterne, but their influence and elements of the picturesque are evident in the looming hills and the pious or pitiable pilgrims in the foreground. This account exemplifies the popularity of the walking tour, presented as a series of letters that permits a more personal narrative.
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Brice, Germain, 1652-1727.
Description de la ville de Paris et de tout ce qu'elle contient de plus remarquable, par Germain Brice. Enrichie d'un nouveau plan & de nouvelles figures dessinees & gravees correctement. 7. ed. Paris, F. Fournier, 1717.
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