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A Visit to the Holy Land, Egypt, and Italy by Ida Pfeiffer

By Ida Pfeiffer

Translated from the German by way of H. W. Dulcken. [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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Coffee-houses appear in great abundance; but if it were not for the people sitting in front of them drinking coffee and smoking tobacco, no one would do these dirty rooms the honour of taking them for places of entertainment. In the market and the squares we notice a great preponderance of the male sex over the female. The former are seen bustling about every where, and, like the Italians, perform some duties which usually fall to the lot of the softer sex. We notice a mixture of the most different nations, and among them a particularly large number of Jews.

33 CHAPTER II. Giurgewo--Interior of the town--Braila--Sanitary precautions-- Galatz--Scarcity of good water--Ridiculous fear of the plague--The steamer Ferdinand--Entrance into the Black Sea--Stormy weather and sea-sickness--Arrival at Constantinople--Picturesque appearance of the city--Mosques--The dancing Dervishes--The Sultan and his barge-- Pera--The great and little Campo--Wild dogs--Dirty state of the streets--Preparations in case of fire. March 31st. We started early this morning, and at eight o'clock had already reached Giurgewo.

Keep farther away! " anxiously exclaims another. " etc. I was highly entertained by this spectacle; the scene was entirely new to me. But on my return, when I shall be one of the prisoners, I fear I may find it rather tedious. For this time I was not at all hindered in the prosecution of my journey. On the whole, these timid precautions seemed to me exceedingly uncalled for, particularly at a time when neither the plague nor any kind of contagious disease prevailed in Turkey. One of my fellow- passengers had been banished to our ship on the previous day because he had had the misfortune to brush against an official on going to see after his luggage.

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