Category Archives: Travel

Breaking Wind

Snippets 127.  Today’s quote is taken from Voyages to the East Indies, by Dutch explorer John Splinter Stavorinus (1798): The king, who was addressed by the title of Touang Sultan, or My Lord the King, appeared to me to be … Continue reading

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Runaway Hansom!

Quick Quotes 14. The following is taken from Thomas Rees’s Sixty Days in Europe and What We Saw There (1908).  Rees visited the Savoy Theatre to see a performance of a Gilbert and Sullivan opera, and when he left afterwards … Continue reading

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Grey People in a Grey Land

Quick Quotes 13. The following is taken from Charles Marriott’s A Spanish Holiday (1908).  Returning home to England after a long holiday in Spain, Marriott felt strangely out of place. The effect of being transported from Spain to England with … Continue reading

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A Chilly Night

Snippets 126. In 1815 George Head, the assistant commissary-general of the commissariat of the 3rd division of the Spanish army, undertook a journey across North America, snappily titled Forest Scenes and Incidents in the Wilds of North America, Being a Diary … Continue reading

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The Wonder of Nature

Quick Quotes 12. The following is taken from George Head’s Forest Scenes and Incidents in the Wilds of North America (1829): I descended the bank and crossed the river, entering a little way into the forest. All was silence and … Continue reading

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A Champion Spitter

Quick Quotes 11. The following is taken from George Head’s Forest Scenes and Incidents in the Wilds of North America (1829): It was quite dark when we came to the end of the day’s journey, and I had had nothing … Continue reading

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Contempt for Politicians

Snippets 125. Meeting Presidents became something of a habit for travel writer Max O’Rell. In Jonathan and his Continent (1889), O’Rell describes meeting Stephen Grover Cleveland, the 22nd President in his first of two terms in office. Although it might seem … Continue reading

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