John L. Stoddard's Lectures; Illustrated and Embellished with Views of the World's Famous Places and People Being the Identical Discourses Delivered During the Past Eighteen Years Under the Title of the Stoddard Lectures Volume 5

John L. Stoddard's Lectures; Illustrated and Embellished with Views of the World's Famous Places and People Being the Identical Discourses Delivered During the Past Eighteen Years Under the Title of the Stoddard Lectures Volume 5

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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. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...and one can be treated here in almost every conceivable way, from spraying to steaming, and from showering to soaking. For those who are not invalids, however, the chief inducement for a visit to Cauterets is the THE PIC DV MIDI. number of excursions to be made from it. The most enjoyable of these I found to be the expedition to the Lac de Gaube, a journey of about three hours on foot or horseback. We started early in the morning, and the exhilarating ride up a wild crevice in the mountains, flanked now by granite preci pices, now by huge black fir-trees, forms one of my most delightful recollections of the Pyrenees. At intervals halts were made beside the waterfalls which, here as elsewhere in these wooded mountains, are both numerous and beautiful. The Lac de Gaube, the ultimate object of the excursion, is one of the loneliest sheets of water in the world. Nearly six thousand feet above the sea, it lies in lofty isolation for almost the entire year, and even in the "season" is rarely seen by tourists. Yet it abundantly repays a visit, for, aside from its own beauty, above this lake, whose waters are of an exquisite green color, rises the famous Vignemale, one of the highest peaks of the Pyrenees, its sides and summit dazzling with eternal snow. As we approached this place we saw, standing upon an isolated rock, a solitary man, whose meagre silhouette outlined itself against the sky, like an exclamationpoint of wretchedness. Our guide, who told us he was the keeper of a little restaurant here, called to him several times without securing a response. Presently, however, he turned and came slowly toward us. "Well," exclaimed our guide cheerfully, "how is busi....... "Business? " echoed the inn-keeper;...show more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236625781
  • 9781236625786