‘The Riviera isn’t only a sunny place for shady people.’ (p. 156 of W. Somerset Maugham’s Strictly Personal, according to Wikiquote. If anybody has a copy of this memoir, which is expensive to buy, I’d be most grateful if you would confirm that this is correct.) I wonder if the phrase necessarily originates with Maugham. I think it possible that it was a common one that Maugham simply introduced into his book. I’ve heard it applied not just to the Côte d’Azur in general and to Monte Carlo in particular, but to Las Vegas and even Miami Beach.

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