Germany: The Oh So Good Life

A society turns its restless energies to the cultivation of leisure

An old German description of well-being is to live wie Gott in Frankreich -- like God in France. Whatever the yardstick for the good life, at least some of it still seems to be outside Germany. In pursuit of that grail, some 800,000 West Germans have established second homes abroad -- in Tuscany, along the Grande Corniche overlooking the Riviera, in the verdant valleys of South Tirol. They have also become the world's most traveled tourists: last year some 28 million West Germans took holidays abroad.

East Germans have a great deal of catching up to do, but they are trying....

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