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Travel to go (page 3)


The rest of the text goes to the very picturesque story on eight pages of a Turkish bath undergone the next day then of the visit of Cairo and moderately enthusiastic visit of Pyramids. The description of the first days of crossing and that of his shipmates deserves a stop there and thus, I appeal again to the book: …" from Cairo where we spent five days to see the more interesting things the city can offer to foreigners, we took the road of Suez where waited for us the steamer; there, we had hardly time to cast a glance on this small arabic village was to come however to a certain future; our vapor-boat already lit its lights and, hardly had we come alongside on an arabic boat… that it got an offing while each of us quite immediately looked up for his new cabin.

A rather big number of extra travelers had joined us in Suez; not being normally registered and all cabins being occupied, some of them bivouac on the bridge (which was not a very big suffering under these latitudes) However our steamer Nubia was one of the largest of the Company which in those time had still only the monopoly of these journeys towards the Extreme East. I noticed then a fact which would not have probably taken place with a French service: that is some of the board-officers gave up their cabins to travelers for 1 pound sterling a day but I thought that they evaluated more their home if one can grant this name to the momentary house which the officer occupies in these floating houses .

French, on the other hand, would abandon easily his cabin (and I was a witness of the fact) to which sweet face of one of the feminine members would have captivated one moment its imagination but it would have considered as despicable to have to act so for some money. These steamers are real hotels of a comfort which surprises. The table was especially appreciated by some of these nice English officers who returned to die in harsh India after come during a leave to inhale once again native air; they put themselves in it from the dawn and went out of it only to get back to their bunk realizing so dream of the Epicureans. I have to recognize nevertheless that often I surprised contemptuous glances which sent to them some young gentlemen of the best tone who felt offended in their national dignity."

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