Notes Of An Overland Journey Through France And Egypt To Bombay By The Late Miss Emma Roberts





















 - NOTES OF AN OVERLAND JOURNEY THROUGH FRANCE AND EGYPT TO BOMBAY.

BY THE LATE MISS EMMA ROBERTS.

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NOTES OF AN OVERLAND JOURNEY THROUGH FRANCE AND EGYPT TO BOMBAY.

BY THE LATE MISS EMMA ROBERTS.

WITH A MEMOIR.

1841

CHAPTER I.

LONDON TO PARIS.

Departure from London - A French Steam-vessel - Unfavourable Weather - Arrival at Havre - Difficulties at the Custom-house - Description of Havre - Embarkation on the Steamer for Rouen - Appearance of the Country - Inclemency of the Weather - Arrival at Rouen - Description of Rouen - Departure by the Boat for Paris - Scenes and Traditions on the Banks of the Seine - Journey by the Railroad to Paris - The Douaniers - Observations on the Journey up the Seine

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CHAPTER II.

PARIS TO MARSEILLES.

Description of Paris - Departure by the Diligence - The Country - The Vineyards - Hotels and fare - Arrival at Lyons - Description of the City - Departure in the Steam-boat for Arles - Descent of the Rhone - Beauty and Variety of the Scenery - Confusion on disembarking at Beaucaire - A Passenger Drowned - Arrival at Arles - Description of the Town - Embarkation in the Steamer for Marseilles - Entrance into the Mediterranean - Picturesque Approach to Marseilles - Arrival in the Harbour - Description of Marseilles - Observations upon the Journey through France by Ladies

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CHAPTER III.

MARSEILLES TO ALEXANDRIA.

Vexations at the Custom-house - Embarkation on the Malta Steamer - Difficulties of exit from the Harbour - Storm - Disagreeable Motion of the Steam-vessel - Passengers - Arrival at Malta - Description of the City - Vehicles - Dress of the Maltese Women - State of Society - Church of St. John - The Palace - The Cemetery of the Capuchin Convent - Intolerance of the Roman Catholic Priesthood - Shops, Cafes, and Hotels - Manufactures and Products of Malta - Heat of the Island - Embarkation on board an English Government Steamer - Passengers - A young Egyptian - Arrival at Alexandria - Turkish and Egyptian Fleets - Aspect of the City from the Sea - Landing

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CHAPTER IV.

ALEXANDRIA TO BOULAK.

Description of Alexandria - Hotels - Houses - Streets - Frank Shops - Cafes - Equipages - Arrangements for the Journey to Suez - Pompey's Pillar - Turkish and Arab Burial-grounds - Preparations for the Journey to Cairo - Embarkation on the Canal - Bad accommodation in the Boat - Banks of the Canal - Varieties of Costume in Egypt - Collision during the night - Atfee - Its wretched appearance - The Pasha - Exchange of Boats - Disappointment at the Nile - Scarcity of Trees - Manners of the Boatmen - Aspect of the Villages - The Marquess of Waterford - The Mughreebee Magician - First sight of the Pyramids - Arrival at Boulak, the Port of Cairo

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CHAPTER V.

CAIRO.

Arrival at Boulak - Description of the place - Moolid, or Religious Fair - Surprise of the People - The Hotel at Cairo - Description of the City - The Citadel - View from thence - The City - The Shops - The Streets - The interior of the Pasha's Palace - Pictures - Furniture - Military Band - Affray between a Man and Woman - Indifference of the Police to Street Broils - Natives beaten by Englishmen - Visit to an English Antiquary - By-ways of the City - Interior of the Houses - Nubian Slave-market - Gypsies - Preparation for Departure to Suez - Mode of driving in the Streets of Cairo - Leave the City - The Changes in travelling in Egypt - Attractions of Cairo

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CHAPTER VI.

THE DESERT.

Equipage for crossing the Desert - Donkey-chairs - Sense of calmness and tranquillity on entering the Desert - Nothing dismal in its aspect - The Travellers' Bungalow - Inconvenient construction of these buildings - Kafila of the Governor of Jiddah and his Lady - Their Equipage - Bedouins - Impositions practised on Travellers - Desert Travelling not disagreeable - Report of the sailing of the Steamer - Frequency of false reports - Ease with which an infant of the party bore the journey - A wheeled carriage crossing the Desert - Parties of Passengers from Suez encountered - One of Mr. Hill's tilted Caravans - Difficulty of procuring water at the Travellers' Bungalow - A night in the Desert - Magnificent sunrise - First sight of the Red Sea and the Town of Suez - Miserable appearance of the latter - Engagement of a Passage to Bombay

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CHAPTER VII.

SUEZ TO ADEN.

Travellers assembling at Suez - Remarks on the Pasha's Government - Embarkation on the Steamer - Miserable accommodation in the Berenice, and awkwardness of the attendants - Government Ships not adapted to carry Passengers - Cause of the miserable state of the Red Sea Steamers - Shores of the Red Sea - Arrival at Mocha - Its appearance from the Sea - Arrival at Aden - Its wild and rocky appearance on landing - Cape Aden - The Town - Singular appearance of the Houses - The Garrison expecting an attack by the Arabs - Discontent of the Servants of Europeans at Aden - Complaints by Anglo-Indians against Servants - Causes - Little to interest Europeans in Aden

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CHAPTER VIII.

ADEN.

Commanding situation of Aden - Its importance in former times - But few remains of its grandeur - Its facilities as a retreat for the piratical hordes of the Desert - The loss of its trade followed by reduction of the population - Speculations as to the probability of ultimately resisting the Arabs - Exaggerated notions entertained by the Shiekhs of the wealth of the British - Aden a free Port would be the Queen of the adjacent Seas - Its advantages over Mocha - The Inhabitants of Aden - The Jews - The Banians - The Soomalees - The Arabs - Hopes of the prosperity of Aden - Goods in request there - Exports - Re-embarkation on the Steamer - Want of attention - Makallah - Description of the place - Its products - The Gazelle - Traveller in Abyssinia - Adventurous English Travellers - Attractions of the Arab life - Arrival at Bombay

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CHAPTER IX.

BOMBAY.

Contrast between landing at Bombay and at Calcutta - First feelings those of disappointment - Aspect of the place improves - Scenery of the Island magnificent, abounding with fine Landscapes - Luxuriance and elegance of the Palms - Profusion and contrast of the Trees - Multitude of large Houses in Gardens - Squalid, dirty appearance of the Native Crowd - Costume of the Natives - Inferior to the Costume of Bengal - Countenances not so handsome - The Drive to the Fort - The Burrah Bazaar - Parsee Houses - "God-shops" of the Jains - General use of Chairs amongst the Natives - Interior of the Native Houses - The Sailors' Home - The Native Town - Improvements - The Streets animated and picturesque - Number of Vehicles - The Native Females - The Parsee Women - The Esplanade - Tents and Bungalows - The Fort - The China Bazaar - A Native School - Visit to a Parsee Warehouse - Real ornamental China-ware - Apprehension of Fire in the Fort - Houses fired by Rats - Illumination of Native Houses - Discordant noise of Native Magic - The great variety of Religions in Bombay productive of lamp-lighting and drumming

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CHAPTER X.

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