The Children's Fairy Geography, Or, a Merry Trip Round Europe

The Children's Fairy Geography, Or, a Merry Trip Round Europe

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881 edition. Excerpt: make us happy? Quite right. We do not know the name of Byron's absent friend. The one we should like to have here would be mamma. Well, it's no good our sighing and getting sentimental, so we will be off again. Down we go like an arrow from a bow, to the steamer. Thanks, captain, we are all right, and none the worse for our little lark. And our carpet is a lark, because of the way it soars up into the sky. And here are our tickets, so you need not be anxious any more. No, Mr. John Bull, we cannot take you up next time; three are company, and four are not. We don't wish to be rude, but our carpet will only hold us three little folks. Besides which, you might get giddy and fall off, and then what would become of the Johnny Bulls at home? Passing Rolandseck, we glide by picturesque Andernach and thriving Neuwied, with its settlement of Moravian Brethren. And now we pass under Ehrenbreitstein, the Gibraltar of the Rhine, a strong fortress which it would almost be impossible to take, until we stop at the pier of busy Coblenz. Time is pressing, so we just linger a moment to take on board additional tourists, who fill our vessel from stem to stern, and then on we go past Stolzenfels, where our Queen once stayed while the guest of the King of Prussia. Yonder is Rheinfels, the grandest ruin on the Rhine; and this is St. Goar. In old days there was a very curious custom practised here. Every one who passed was tied to a ring in the wall of the market-place. He was then asked which he preferred, water or wine. If he chose water, he had a good dose of it, for he was straightway ducked in the Rhine; if he said wine, he had to drink a number of toasts to the health of the King of England, the reigning prince, and the citizens of St. Goar. He was then...
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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 186g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236549198
  • 9781236549198