Incidents of Travel in Greece, Turkey, Russia, and Poland, 7th Ed Volume 2

Incidents of Travel in Greece, Turkey, Russia, and Poland, 7th Ed Volume 2

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Excerpt: ...threw it out of the window. But he had great confidence, and thought much better of her spirit for sending back his first letter. The whole population of Petersburgh was already in motion and on the way to Peterhoff. It was expected that the fete would be more than usually splendid, on account of the presence of the Queen of Holland, then on a visit to her sister the empress; and at an early hour the splendid equipages of the nobility, carriages, droskys, telegas, and carts, were hurrying along the banks of the Neva, while steamboats, sailboats, rowboats, and craft of every description were gliding on the bosom of the river. As the least trouble, we chose a steamboat, and at twelve o'clock embarked at the English Quay. The 141 boat was crowded with passengers, and among them was an old English gentleman, a merchant of thirty years' standing in St. Petersburgh. I soon became acquainted with him, how I do not know, and his lady told me that the first time I passed them she remarked to her husband that I was an American. The reader may remember that a lady made the same remark at Smyrna; without knowing exactly how to understand it, I mention it as a fact showing the nice discrimination acquired by persons in the habit of seeing travellers from different countries. Before landing, the old gentleman told me that his boys had gone down in a pleasure-boat, abundantly provided with materials, and asked me to go on board and lunch with them, which, upon the invitation being extended to my friend, I accepted. Peterhoff is about twenty-five versts from St. Petersburgh, and the whole bank of the Neva on that side is adorned with palaces and beautiful summer residences of the Russian seigneurs. It stands at the mouth of the Neva, on the borders of the Gulf of Finland. Opposite is the city of Cronstadt, the seaport of St. Petersburgh and the anchorage of the Russian fleet. It was then crowded with merchant ships of every nation, with flags of every colour...show more

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  • English
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  • 1236699289
  • 9781236699282