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The Alexander Column
In no part of Europe have we seen any thing worthy of being compared with the remarkable pillar lately erected here, in honor of the Emperor Alexander.
The Winter Palace
We set out at nine o'clock to explore the Winter Palace. It forms a quadrangle with several courts, about the size of the palace in Berlin, but the exterior of the latter is much more imposing; it has one story more and the great dome.
The Marvelous Treasures Of The New Palace
Classic architecture, with its grand, cold out-lines, is more wearisomely solemn than ever amid these grotesque, high-colored palaces, and this tumultuous crowd of churches, darting toward heaven a gilded forest of cupolas, domes, pyramidal towers, and bulbous belfries.
The Summer Palace
The celebrated Summer Palace and park of Tzarsko Selo are seven versts beyond Pulkowa. The grounds which are of immense extent—eighteen miles in circumference, it is said—are always open to the public.
The large castle of Peterhof, built by Peter I. and enlarged by his daughter Elizabeth, like the palace of St. James, now serves only for representation.
Moscow - A Panoramic View
No other city in the world presents so cosmopolitan an aspect. The gilded domes of Lucknow —the pagodas of China—Byzantine churches Grecian temples—palaces in the style of Versailles—heavy inexpressive German buildings—wooden country cottages—glaring American signs.
The Kremlin
The Kremlin hill stands very nearly in the center of the city. It is triangular in form, the longest side facing the Moskva, about a mile in circumference and somewhat less than a hundred feet in height.
The Big Bells And Big Guns
According to tradition the tall bell tower of Ivan Veliki in Moscow has an ancient origin, but as a matter of fact it was constructed at the close of the sixteenth century to find employment for a starving population.
Moscow - Napoleon's Visit
After Borodino Napoleon's generals lost faith in him; they remained taciturn and morose, until at two o'clock on the afternoon of September 2, the staff obtained their first view of Moscow from the summit of the Poklonnaya Hill.
The Monasteries Near Moscow
The great monastery of Simonof, about four miles distant, will probably be the first which travelers will visit from Moscow.
The Great Fair
From the Volga look in another direction—across the Okka—and there, on a low, almost inundated flat, exposed to the waters of both rivers, lies a scene of bustle and activity unparalleled in Europe.
The people of Warsaw appeared to us wonderfully lively and cheerful compared with the Russians. Michelet, who calls the Lithuanians children of the shadows, speaks of the Poles as children of the sun, and they seemed to us to deserve it.
In the beginning of the eleventh century, Kieff, after Constantinople, was the largest and richest town in Eastern Europe; but the chronicler Ditmar records that in 1124, the year before the death of Monomachus, in a great fire which occurred, as many as six hundred churches and chapels were burned in Kieff.
Odessa overhangs a wide and beautiful bay of the Black Sea, situated near two important estuaries, called the Khodjabeyskoi and the Kuialskoi estuaries, both formed by the great Kuialnek rivers.
The Droshky
The Droshky, or drojky, as it is spelled in Russia, is the national vehicle. There is nothing like it in any other country, and it merits particular description.
The Cossacks
Originally, the Cossacks were divided into the two great branches of Cossacks of the Don and of the Dnieper; the former of these became incorporated with Russia as early as the time of Ivan the Terrible, but the latter were nominally subject to Poland.
On The Field Of Pultava
The great object of interest to all who visit Pultava is the famed field of battle where Charles XII., after years of glory, at last was humbled by his rival Peter the Great.
Finland, the Fen-land, Seiomen-maa, is a vast land of lakes and granite rocks. It is about as large as the whole of France.
Helsingfors is one of the most interesting towns in Europe. In spite of its rapid growth, it is still, comparatively, a small town. Nevertheless, its note is metropolitan rather than provincial.
The Siberian Railway
The Siberian Express is still a novelty in Russia, and people come to the station to inspect its luxurious appointments and witness its departure.
Copenhagen is at present in a state of transition; from an old-fashioned—one can not exactly say old-time—fortified town, it has in the course of two or three decades become a smart, up-to-date city, with electric light, asphalt, and big shops; it has tripled its population and materially extended its commerce and industry.
Elsinore And Hamlet's Grave
We may either take the railway or drive by Gurre, from hence to Elsinore (Helsingor), where the great castle of Kronberg rises, with many towers built of gray stone, at the end of the little town on a low promontory jutting out into the sea.
Stockholm, Sweden
The Swedes are proud of Stockholm, and justly so. No European capital, except Constantinople, can boast such picturesque beauty of position, and none whatever affords so great a range of shifting yet ever lovely aspects.
Along The Coast From Sweden To Norway
As my affairs called me to Stromstad (the frontier town of Sweden) on my way to Norway, I was to pass over, I heard, the most uncultivated part of the country. Still I believe that the grand features of Sweden are the same everywhere, and it is only the grand features that admit of description.
After a mild custom-house visitation, not a word being said about passports, we stept ashore in Christiania, Norway, and were piloted by a fellow-passenger to the hotel, where an old friend awaited me.
It was near midnight before we got within the suburbs of Bergen. Here is undulating ground, with more wood, and villas shaded with trees. As we approached the city we met parties of men and women, some in carrioles and carts, others walking, coming out to spend the Sunday with their friends in the country; several of the young men had fiddles, others were singing, all very joyous and happy.
By Sea From Bergen To Stavanger And Christiania
I prepared for my solitary return from Bergen by the steamer. I met at dinner a young man traveling for a cutler's house in Sheffield, a favorable specimen of his class; he spoke the language fluently after five months' residence.
The Hardanger Fjord
We at last came upon a little lake, in a close glen with walls 1,000 feet high. Not suspecting that we had ascended much above the sea-level, we were surprized to see the gorge all at once open below us, revealing a dark-blue lake, far down among the mountains.
Trondjem, The Ancient Capital
On July 25 we left Christiania for Trondjem —the whole journey of three hundred and sixty miles being comfortable, and only costing 30 francs.
The North Cape
The increased coldness of the air at night indicated our approach to the Arctic Circle. I was surprised at the amount of business done at the little stations where we touched.
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