Fair Italy, the land of song and cradle of the Arts, has been so often written about, and so well described both in prose and in verse, that I feel there is a presumption in my attempting to say anything fresh of that classic land, its art treasures, and its glorious past. But within the last few years a new Italy has sprung into existence--the dream of Cavour has been realized; and, contrary to all predictions, she has evinced a union and cohesiveness so complete as to surprise all, and possibly disappoint some who were jealous of her.
St. Jean de Maurienne--Epierre--Paris--Notre Dame--French immorality--La Manche--"Dear old foggy London"--Reflections and conclusion 330
FAIR ITALY. THE RIVIERA
Introduction--Charing Cross--Dover--Submarine Channel Tunnel--Calais --Advantages of travelling second class--Superfluous examination of luggage--Paris--Dining à la carte versus table d'hôte--Noël--An Officer's Funeral--Lyons--Scenery of the Rhone--Constant changes in the landscape--Want of proper accommodation at the railway stations-- Defective lighting of railway carriages
If any person is desirous of putting forward a good excuse for spending a few weeks on the continent, the climate of the British Isles at any time of the year, but more particularly between November and May, will always justify his so doing. To exchange the damp and fog that too frequently form the staple of the weath