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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 84, June 13, 1855

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Identifier: DX03880867

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 84, June 13, 1855

Description: Describes his arrival in and walk through Paris.


cattle, and but few houses, but a wide expanse of champaign lands, with here and there rows of poplars. Presently we see bright flowers, yellow broom, and red poppies on the banks, pass a river or so; and with many small stoppages, (one over night, at Rouen having lasted some time,) at last come in sight of Paris, lying in the bright morning sunshine, with a great Arch seen afar off. Very clean and pleasant looking does the city appear, at first sight. At the terminus, our carpet bags submit to a nominal examination, (of course conducted by soldiers,) and we taking a seat at the entrance of the building await the arrival of Wilkins. He presently appears, in a white hat, and otherwise extensively got up; greets us, condemns off hand, as an expensive place, the one Ned [Gunn] has been advised to by relatives of its proprietress, in London, says he has not found any suitable one, and much more, in his unmethodical, unconclusive way. Finally he treats us to half an hours walk about Paris, we carrying carpet bags and shawls in the sun, which is now hot upon the house tops. We catch a glimpse of the Madelaine, pass the Napoleon column of the Place Vendome, (with a faded immortelle or so hanging out its base;) see chiffoniers and early coffee roasters, and call at a shut-up hotel. Finally I intimate to Wilkins that we are too weary for further promenading, and we turn in to a newly opened cafe, to partake of a bottle of wine and temporary rest. There we propose to go to any hotel for a few hours sleep and a wash, to do lodging hunting subsequently. This being carried into execution, we ascend to the top of a big hotel in the Rue St Honore, there having small rooms, and proportionate water

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-06-13

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Flowers


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