'belle époque'?

After the First World War, the period from about 1870 to 1914 was described as the 'belle époque', French for the 'beautiful century'. In our country, the term was used to describe the 'golden age'.
The bourgeoisie then knew a reasonable prosperity. As a result of the industrial revolution, a new industrial and commercial citizenship arose alongside the old nobility. This elite wanted to enjoy themselves to the full. They fled the unhealthy and depressing cities in search of nature and alternatives to boredom.
At the end of the 18th century, the attraction of the sea was discovered and the seaside resorts soon became a furore. The construction of the railway networks was the start of real population movements during the tourist season. These rich tourists demanded a comfortable stay, bathing establishments and plenty of opportunities for relaxation.
Bathing culture demanded bathing architecture and in addition to luxurious hotels, the coastal villas became popular. Soon the tourist districts offered a colourful and surprising spectacle. The local fishing population, the service staff and the workers could only marvel at the wealth.