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His critical remarks are instructive, not least as they serve as a reminder that tastes changed and that many palaces were not well preserved: 22 France and the Grand Tour The ﬁrst place I went to was Meudon, the terraces and high situation its greatest beauty and it commands the prospect of Paris and ten leagues round. The old palace in ruins, though the gallery is full of antique busts, but there is a small new palace built for the Dauphin near it in which there is a vast profusion of looking glass and gilding in bad taste.
The climate is moderate and agreeable to an English constitution. ’27 There were other disadvantages. 28 In 1767, Hans Stanley enquired about what Anna Poyntz and her granddaughter (daughter of Margaret Georgiana, Countess Spencer) would ﬁnd by way of amusement at Tours, and I am sorry to say that the account was not very favourable; the houses of the Archbishop and the Intendant are almost the only places of reception in the town. 29 Among other visitors, Alexander, Lord Balgonie (1749–1820), later 9th Earl of Leven, stayed at Tours in 1774, while Charles Mellish MP The Rest of France 41 (c.
The Clives’ companion similarly provided an idea of the major sights in 1768: We remained at Paris but 10 days, in which short space of time it was impossible to see many of the things worthy of observation in that city, or to form any judgement of the people …. as extremely entertained with the slight view which we had of a few things worthy of Paris 21 notice in Paris, such as the Louvre, the Tuileries, the ﬁne bridges of river Seine, Le Luxembourg Palais, Palais Royal, the Place des Victoires, La Place de Vendome, La Place de Greve, Le Palais des Marchands, the churches of Notre Dame, Val de Grace, St.