In Thomas Mann‘s classic novella of ruinous passion on the island of Lido, the protagonist, Gustav von Aschenbach is a writer in his early fifties who takes a suite in the Grand Hotel des Bains on the Lido.  Written early in the 20th Century, the hotel must then have been at, or close to, its zenith.

The hotel continues to dominate the manicured sands of the private beaches that must surely once have been owned by the establishment, but the grand old lady now shares von Aschenbach’s fate, having closed its doors only a few years ago.  A future as a luxury apartment complex awaits.  Might be a good setting for a novel.

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