Travels in Eastern Europe; By Count Valerian Krasinski and James Whittle. Illustr

Travels in Eastern Europe; By Count Valerian Krasinski and James Whittle. Illustr

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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. 1850 edition. Excerpt: ...to remain one: the Mussulman who changes his religion and turns Christian, is like a rose cast amongst husks for the swine; but a Christian converted to Mohammedanism resembles a pebble which the Sultan picks up from the ground, has set in gold, and fastens with it his turban. My wife however was a Christian." "What, then, are you married?" "Yes; I married a Christian, a white woman, white as the pale snow which falls in this country, and we have a little daughter as brown as the most beautiful Jinjirli (gipsy) child." "And how do you support yourself?" "Up to the present time as a porter, and indeed by any service that comes in my way. I shall be all right, and able to support wife and child comfortably, when I can scrape together enough to buy ajamatz" (small cart). Beguiling the way with such conversation, we passed the Austrian Consulate, and climbed up a steep and wretched-looking street, which brought us to the house of the Metropolitan and the handsome new church, and a little further on to the Zdania. The Zdania is one of the two inns in Belgrade which have been fitted up with some reference to the comforts and requirements of European travellers. Prince Michael Obrenovitsch, to whom the house belongs, appears to have spared no expense, either in the spaciousness of the edifice or the splendour of its decorations. Indeed the "Zdania"--that is, the mere building--is one of the largest and handsomest houses in Belgrade, and, were it not for the universal neglect and waste which prevails in Eastern countries, might compete with the first hotels in Prague or Vienna. It is true that the custom of indiscriminate hospitality is here considered so sacred, that there is less demand for the...show more

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  • Paperback | 82 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 163g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236619773
  • 9781236619778