Personal Memoirs and Correspondence, Comprising a Narrative of the War in Portugal and Spain from 1831 to 1837

Personal Memoirs and Correspondence, Comprising a Narrative of the War in Portugal and Spain from 1831 to 1837

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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. 1837 edition. Excerpt: ...to defend them: however, the garrison could lay the whole country for miles under water. The German language is spoken here as much as French, and the variety of the costume of the natives is very interesting. All the peasantry seem to be rich; indeed, there is an appearance of great wealth in the town. There are some very handsome streets and squares, and pretty promenades: however, a Strasburger prides himself upon his cathedral, of which the workmanship is certainly extraordinary. The inns in Strasburg vary very much as to comfort and expense. I was most comfortable in the Hdtel de Paris, which was very moderate. Leaving Strasburg, you pass through extensive fortifications; then the road leads through its impregnable citadel, and you come to the Rhine. Here you see a splendid bridge of boats, by which you cross to Kehl, where you find different uni 252 BADEN-BADEN. forms, different manners, and the houses built in a different fashion. You are now in Germany, in the Grand Duchy of Baden. This town looks miserable after Strasburg, so I gladly left it, taking the road to Rastadt. To an agricultural eye, this road must be interesting; but to the pedestrian looking for scenery, it is flat and stupid. You are much struck with the numerous carriers or waggoners. The proprietors are generally dressed remarkably well, and in the old German costume. Their waggons are neatly painted, and their teams of horses beautiful, and ornamented with good, substantial, though gaudy harness. I found them in general well educated men, and remarkably well acquainted with local history. Here the peasantry are all rich and comfortable, and the interior of their houses are as clean and even better furnished than the English. The eye was a little relieved by the pretty...show more

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  • Paperback | 120 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 227g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236603125
  • 9781236603128