The European Tour
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III THE HASTY VISITOR " T)UT not every one can afford so long a time -- to see Europe in. I am a busy man; I want to go right through, and pick out the kernel of it all in six weeks. What advice have you to give me ? " My dear Sir, none. Frankly, I do not write for such as you. You ought to make time in which to afford yourself this valuable education. It is not my fault if you persist in rejecting so great salvation. Still, I will do my best for you, promising that z/, by hook or crook, you can manage it, three months is four times as good as six weeks, and half a year four times as good as three months, ? arithmetic to the contrary notwithstanding. Well, grant you can take only six weeks ; then, use your time carefully to the best advantage. Don’t try to see much ? which is throwing away your money ; see a little, and see it, not thoroughly (for that is impossible within your limits), but to the best advantage under such disadvantages. Ifin six weeks you intend to see London, Paris, Brussels, Switzerland, the Rhine, Germany, Milan, Venice, Bologna, Florence, Rome, and Naples, with perhaps a flying trip in your spare moments to Athens or Algiers ? my book is not for you. I cannot help you. And indeed, you need no help, save a railway time-table. You can dash on by yourself, through thick and thin, like John Gilpin, and go home with the proud consciousness of having " done Europe." I write rather for that growing mass of your countrymen and countrywomen who wish to use their tour as a means of culture, and desire rather to see something well than to see everything hastily. " But is n’t it better that I should get some rough idea of what England, France, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland are driving at, than that I should go home having seen just one corner of ...
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