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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 93, June 15-16, 1855

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Identifier: DX03888799

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 93, June 15-16, 1855

Description: Describes a visit to the Jardins des Plantes in Paris.


sition about him, and rotting feet! — In the evening, with Ned [Gunn], and the Staffordshire man by a French omnibus to the Boulevards Italiens. The vehicle was a commodious one, but had no door, though a projecting roof sheltered the conducter, who was, of course, of military exterior. The night proving wet, the covered arcades were thronged, where the print shops proved attractive. Lithographs of nude beauties openly exposed, handsomely dressed women in shops, a well bearded silversmith taking his short pipe amid a blaze of gold and silverware, with much more; and as we return to our lodging pretty female legs in the majority again. Little [Louis] Perret tells of his being on service in the Gard Nationale, for four days in the affair of June.

16. Saturday. The three of us to the Jardins des Plantes, Holton having promised to meet us there, but failing. At the Galerie de Geologic, and the Zoological departments. Bears, giraffes, lions, tigers and a young hippopotamus who lay in the sun like a pre-adamite pig, looking, I thought very unfit for an inhabitant of [Friedrich] Schiller's Charybdis. Visited as Ned said 'our friends the Monkeys," and administered a cigar to a big blue faced ape, part of which he ate, (which subsequently disagreed with him.) The day was sunny and windy; outside the grounds were shows, and a circular crowd around a man breaking stones with his fist, for stray sous. Rambling back along the Seine, in at print shops, and presently over the river to the Palais Royal and Louvre, taking a pale ale lunch at tip top cafe. Back hotel-wards, another rain storm giving us half an hour in a print shop, then to dinner. In our court, opposite our window is a girl with a pleasant intelli-

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-06-15

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Armed Forces
Louvre (Paris, France)
Seine River (France)


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