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ECHOES OF EUROPE; OR, WORD PICTURES OF TRAVEL

€38.48
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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. 1860

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. 1860 Excerpt : . . . can leave. It is doubted by many Americans with whom I have conversed, whether our Consuls at the various places have any right to charge for their visa, which, as in the other cases, consists in simply writing their names. I think the government at home gives them the right; but surely the law ought to be altered, and travelers not obliged to pay this rather shabby itax. If the visa is rendered necessary by the police regulations of foreign governments, it ought to be gratis, and our government should be above such a petty method of raising revenue as is resorted to by these monarchies. The. production of our passport is necessary even to get a ticket for passage on the steamer to Leghorn. It is given up to the authorities, to be reclaimed in person at the place of destination. But at length, all ordinances complied with and paid for, we leave our hotel (Hotel di lltalie, formerly a palace,) and are on board the Italian steamer, “Ercole,” on the Mediterranean. The sea is smooth, and the high hills inclosing the bay of Genoa, on which the city sits, pass evway like a spectacle. We continue close along the western shore of Italy–its uneven surface rising into hills and mountains, or sinking into plains, all along the way. Many English and some Americans are on board. A party of the former, unaware of the presence of any of the latter, indulge in rather a free conversation, at the dinner-table, respecting our countrymen–being the first English we have heard spoken for a long time, except by ourselves. The English party consisted of an old and rather well-bredlooking lady, a young and rather pretty just-fro m-boardingschool-looking lady, and a middle aged, ugly woman, and a sharp-featured, whiskered, pale, dissipated Eussian, who declared the Americ. . .

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