TRAVEL • The Journal • May 18
Honeymoons. In the 19th century they were purely practical affairs, when the upper classes visited relatives unable to attend the nuptials. Later, during the early 20th century a voyage to warmer climes was considered beneficial to a new wife’s health, so the French Riviera, Rome and Venice became de rigueur.
Often the honeymoon was the first ‘alone time’ many couples encountered, so the destination was far less important than the luxury of time without chaperones.