My Travels Volume 1

My Travels Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ... and after turning and twisting through some narrow lanes, we got safe and sound to the Albergo Reale, to which comfortable hotel I recommend all who are fond of civility and cleanliness. I am a very unquiet spirit, and was soon out, to find my way as chance directed me. I like to lose myself in a city, and to find my way back through alleys, or lanes, or squares, or streets; and thus in my travelling dress, I sallied forth to find La Scala, and very shortly I was in the pit, rejoicing my ears with the music of Ernani, and comforting my eyes with the ballet of II Fallo; as I loitered by the door, I saw officer after officer pass in, and heard the word "franco" repeated as each passed. No Austrian officer pays for admission, and the best places are reserved for them: not that there was much occasion for such reservation, as very few of the inhabitants attend the public theatres. On my first entering, I was surprised at the magnitude of the house, but I accounted for the ocular deception, by the fact that the boxes were without tenants; that is, out of two hundred and forty-two boxes, thirty-eight alone were occupied, and twenty-two of these were in possession of Austrian officers, who seem to think, like some London fashionables, that a box with more than two therein is a sign of a vulgar economy; but as the Austrian officers seemed to walk wherever they liked, they might, for respectability sake, have subdivided themselves a little more. At the entrance of the pit doors stood two sentinels in the neat white uniform of Austria; they were jammed against their posts, and remained as stationary as automatons, excepting the eyes. As I was in my travelling dress, I was closely surveyed by several officers--and it never occurred to me, more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236789024
  • 9781236789020