The Memoirs of Charles-Lewis, Baron de Pollnitz Volume IV

The Memoirs of Charles-Lewis, Baron de Pollnitz Volume IV

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Excerpt: ...could like their Way of Living well enough: They have all a great Share of Wit, but the worst on't is, they are conceited, which does them a Prejudice: But they are very civil, especially to Foreigners, whom they entertain perfectly well: I don't think that I ever fed better, and liv'd more merrily than I did with these People, who are all of 'em good Jokers: The Accent of this Country too, especially of the Women, sets off whatever they say to such an Advantage, as seems to give a witty Turn to even the most common Thoughts: Little Songs or Ballads are, as it were, the Fruits of the Soil: Every one is a Sonneteer, and if their Verses are not equally good, yet they are all relish'd alike, they have such a happy way of setting them off. To the Honour of the Languedocians be it spoken, there is not a Province in France, nor even in Europe, where 'tis pleasanter Travelling: The Roads are magnificent, the Inns well provided with every thing that a Traveller, were he hard to please, can desire; and all at a reasonable Price. From Toulouse I travell'd to Pau, a City and Parliament of Bearn, famous for the Birth of Henry IV. on the 1st of December, Anno 1557, for which Reason Catherine de Medicis his Mother-in-Law, 188 who did not love him, call'd him the Bearnois: In the Castle is still to be seen the Chamber where this Prince was born: This City consists but of one great Street, at the End whereof stands the Castle, which is very ancient. The Houses in general seem'd very inconsiderable, they being all low, small, and without Ornament; but the Suburbs are very pleasant: As one goes out of the Gate, towards the Pyrenees, there's a very thick Wood, with several Alleys cut out in it, that form a noble Walk: From this Wood, which stands upon very high Ground to the Pyrenees, one sees an extensive Valley, in which runs a very fine River, on the Banks whereof are several scattering Villages and little Hamlets, that form one of the more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 204g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236694600
  • 9781236694607