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Chamounix
Mont Blanc has put his head under a cloud, and there is nothing to be seen outside except a lot of guides and porters waiting for the diligence to come from Geneva. So before the dinner bell rings, I will send off my week's letter, and it shall be to you.
Grand Hotel, Paris
It really begins to look as if I were actually coming home, for you see the Pavonia arrived yesterday at Liverpool, and she will stay there until next Wednesday, and then she expects me to go back in her. It seems very likely, therefore, that two weeks from day after to-morrow, I shall come ashore in Boston.
Victoria Hotel, Alamosa, Colorado
This is the first letter of the great journey, written in the midst of the tumult of Raymond tourists and cowboys, who fill the office of this beautiful hotel, while we are waiting for our dinner. We are on the crest of the continent, a good six thousand feet above the sea, with Pike's Peak and a host of other snow-peaked giants of the Rocky Mountains in full view.
Palace Hotel, Santa Fe
It is very hot here, and the sun is shining down upon my window dreadfully. But the things one sees out of the window are very queer and interesting. The houses are built of mud, and almost all of them only one story high Indians and Mexicans, in bright red and white blankets, walk down the street.
Sierra Madre Villa, Near Los Angeles, California
I wish you could see how beautiful this place is. It is not exactly like any-thing I ever saw before, though there is something of Italy, and something of India, and something of Syria about it, It is a world of vines and oranges, with palm-trees here and there, the high hills and a few white peaks of the Sierra Nevada standing up behind.
Yosemite Valley
There never were such precipices and waterfalls, and so I am going to write you a letter. You see, it takes a two days' drive to get here ; the roads are terribly rough, and when you come suddenly to Inspiration Point and look down into this glorious place, ringing with cataracts that come tumbling over the brink...
Palace Hotel, San Francisco, California
What a good time we shall have this summer ! I will tell you all about the Pacific Ocean, and how fine it is to stand on the rocks and look way off to China. There is a great deal of China here. The other night I went to a Chinese theatre, and the way they howled, and grinned, and cut up on the stage was something wonderful.
Hotel Del Monte, Monterey, California
I have written from such various places the last month, I fear my letters have been rather irregular in reaching you. I have written to somebody at your house every week. I have heard also most irregularly from you, but I have had several letters from yourself, and your father and mother, for all of which I am very thankful.
Victoria, Vancouver's Island, Puget Sound
I hope this Puget Sound sounds as far from Boston to you as it does to me. It has taken a long time to get here, and is my farthest point from home upon this journey. From this after-noon every step is homeward. Already the boat is lying at the wharf and I am writing in the cabin.
Manitou Springs, Colorado
You wrote me such a very nice and interesting letter, which I received the other day when I was among the Mormons, that I must acknowledge it by sending this week's letter to you. It is my only chance, for before next week's letter is written I shall be rushing across Kansas and Missouri on the way home, and should overtake my letter if I wrote one.
Denver
When I got here last night, I found the hotel man very much excited and running about waving a beautiful letter in the air, and crying aloud, - A letter from Tood ! A letter from Tood !
Walker Hotel, Salt Lake City
This is the first letter of the great new series. It will not amount to much, but will let you know that we have come thus far without accident, discomfort, or delay, and are spending Sunday among the Mormons. The day is bright and warm, and we shall sit with content this afternoon in the great Tabernacle, and see the queer people go through their queer worship.
Palace Hotel, San Francisco
At last the great day has come, and we sail this afternoon in the City of Sidney. We have been to see her, and find she is a fine big vessel of three thousand five hundred tons, with large state-rooms on the upper deck, of which we have one apiece. There is only one other passenger besides us.
Steamship City Of Sidney
YOU shall have the first letter from the other side of the world. We have crossed the Pacific and are within a hundred miles of Yokohama. We shall arrive at midnight, and tomorrow a steamer leaves there for San Francisco, which will carry homewards this letter.
Tokyo
Shall I tell you what Japan looks like to one on the sixth day after his arrival? I could not begin to do it if I tried, but of all bright, merry, pretty places, it is the prettiest and brightest, and if ever life anywhere is a frolic and a joke, it must be here.
Nikko
You remember the Japanese have a proverb which declares that he who has not seen Nikko has no right to say Kekko. Kekko means beautiful. You may have seen Keswick, Heidelberg, Venice, Boston, North Andover, and Hingham, but if you have not seen Nikko, the Jap does not believe you know what beauty is.
Myanosnita, Japan
I will put into this letter a photograph of this pretty place, where we are spending a delightful Sunday. It is far up among the hills, and is Swiss-looking in its general mountain aspect. Thursday we left Nikko, after five days among its marvels, only made less perfect than they might have been by rather too much rain.
Kobe, Japan
We are here at Kobe after a most delightful journey from Myanoshita, from which place I wrote you last. The prettiest thing about it was the visit to Nara, the old, old capital of Japan, and the seat of its most venerable worship. We left Kioto after dinner and traveled at night to avoid the heat, which was pretty terrible that day.
Steamship Wakamoma-maru
The Parthia sails this week for Vancouver, so there seems to be one more chance to send a letter from Japan before we leave, and it shall go to you. We are sailing along the southern coast, between Kobe and Yokohama, with the pretty, hilly shore in clear sight.
Steamship City Of Rio De Janeiro
Japan is far behind us. We are almost halfway across the Pacific Ocean. McVickar is on deck talking to some English people, and I remembered the letter which I was very glad to get from you just before I left Yokohama last week.
Lucerne
You were mighty good to write me such a fine long letter. Although you will not get this answer much before I come myself, I cannot help thanking you and sending you all an affectionate greeting this rainy morning. It is our first real rainy day. The summer has been free from blighting heat and blasting tornado, such as has devastated things at home.
H. M. S. Majestic
I miss my old companions very much indeed. It would be very delightful if you and G. were on deck today, as I am sure you would be if you were on board. The day is delightful, and the big ship is going splendidly. She is a magnificent great thing, and could put our dear little Cephalonia into her waistcoat pocket.
Westminster Palace Hotel, London
I have the same old rooms, the big parlor and bedroom on the second floor; the boot-black boy is across the way, the smiling youth is on the sidewalk, the big porter is in the hall, and everything is just the way it used to be, only I miss you very much indeed, and wish you would take the next steamer and come out.
St. Moritz, Engadine, Hotel Kulm
It has been a very good week. Last Sunday we spent at Trouville. That means Dr. McVickar and I. Monday we went to Paris and put up at the Grand Hôtel. It looked very bright and familiar, just as it did when G., you, and I were there. You and G. were not there this time, for which I was very sorry.
Lucerne
I passed the Restaurant Titlis this morning, and thought of you and the night we spent there before they moved us to the pretty Entre-sol in the Schweitzer Hof. The Schweitzer Hof now is full, and we are lodged, Dr. McVickar and I, in the top story of the Lucerner Hof. Last night there were the band and the fireworks in front of the Schweitzer Hof, the old way.
Hotel Victoria, Interlaken
There is no letter this week, from any of you, for which I am very sorry. I hope you have not grown tired of me, and given me up altogether. Do you remember Grindelwald and the Bear Hotel, on whose balcony we sat one long afternoon, waiting for the rain to stop, so that we could ascend the Wengern Alp?
Hotel D'angleterre, Chamounix
This is the last letter I shall write to any of you on this journey, because next Sunday it will be within four days of the sailing of the Pavonia, and it will not be worth while to write. This fun is almost over. John and Hattie joined me last Monday at Interlaken.
The Fighting Téméraire - Joseph Mallord William Turner
Questions to arouse interest. What is represented in this picture? Which boat is the Téméraire? What smaller boat is towing it? Why do you think it needs to be towed? What is the time of day? What makes you think so? Is the ship moving or stationary? Why does it float so high in the water?
Joan Of Arc - Jules Bastien-lepage
The story of the picture. Far away among the wild hills of France, in the village of Dom remy, lived Joan of Arc, the Maid of Orleans. Her father was a small farmer, and all her people were working people. Joan's life was not an idle one, for we are told that she was an expert at sewing and spinning, that she tended the sheep and cattle, and rode the horses to and from the watering places.
The Syndics Of The Cloth Hall - Rembrandt Van Rijn
The story of the picture. This picture represents the syndics of the Cloth Merchants' Guild, in a room of their Guild House, busy going over their accounts. In these days of great corporations and societies of all kinds, it is easy for us to understand what a Cloth Merchants' Guild might be.
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