Travels Through France and Italy

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Oxford University Press, 1919 - France - 352 pages

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User Review  - mildredabraham - LibraryThing

As others have noted, the famous but cantankerous author set off from Folkstone in 1763 with his wife to travel through France and Italy, noting Inns, methods of travel, prices for the benefit of his friends. He saw little to praise. Read full review

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Cantankerous, spleen-filled, sickly 42-year old Scottish novelist travels with his Jamaican wife through France and Italy on the Grand Tour circuit. Complains and gripes about everything for two years ... Read full review

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Page 3 - You knew, and pitied my situation, traduced by malice, persecuted by faction, abandoned by false patrons, and overwhelmed by the sense of a domestic calamity, which it was not in the power of fortune to repair.
Page 328 - The longer I live, the more I am convinced that wine, and all fermented liquors, are pernicious to the human constitution ; and that, for the preservation of health and exhilaration of the spirits, there is no beverage comparable to simple water.
Page xi - The learned SMELFUNGUS travelled from Boulogne to Paris from Paris to Rome and so on but he set out with the spleen and jaundice, and every object he pass'd by was discoloured or distorted He wrote an account of them, but 'twas nothing but the account of his miserable feelings.
Page xli - ... to have taken no notice of it, might have been considered as cowardice. Oglethorpe, therefore, keeping his eye upon the Prince, and smiling all the time, as if he took what his Highness had done in jest, said " Mon Prince, — " (I forget the French words he used, the purport however was,) " That's a good joke ; but we do it much better in England ;" and threw a whole glass of wine in the Prince's face.
Page 253 - Italy a number of raw boys, whom Britain seemed to have poured forth on purpose to bring her national character into contempt; ignorant, petulant, rash, and profligate, without any knowledge or experience of their own, without any director to improve their understanding, or superintend their conduct.
Page xii - Medicis, replied I for in passing through Florence, I had heard he had fallen foul upon the goddess, and used her worse than a common strumpet, without the least provocation in nature. I...
Page lvii - You need not doubt but that I went to the church of St. Peter in Montorio, to view the celebrated transfiguration, by Raphael, which, if it was mine, I would cut in two parts.
Page 242 - I do not set up for a judge in these matters, and very likely I may incur the ridicule of the virtuosi for the remarks I have made. But I am used to speak my mind freely on all subjects that fall under the cognizance of my senses ; though I must as freely own, there is something more than common sense required to discover and distinguish the more delicate beauties of painting.
Page 237 - ... of money. I was likewise attracted by the Morpheus in touchstone, which is described by Addison, who, by the bye, notwithstanding all his taste, has been convicted by Bianchi of several gross blunders in his account of this gallery. With respect to the famous Venus Pontia, commonly called de Medicis, which was found at Tivoli, and is kept in a separate apartment called the Tribuna, I believe I ought to be intirely silent, or at least conceal my real sentiments, which will otherwise appear equally...
Page 254 - ... of restoring and repairing those noble channels of health, pleasure, and convenience. This great plenty of water, nevertheless, has not induced the Romans to be cleanly. Their streets, and even their palaces, are disgraced with filth. The noble Piazza Navona, is adorned with three or four fountains, one of which is perhaps the...

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