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A TOUR THROUGH SOME PARTS OF FRANCE, SWITZERLAND, SAVOY, GERMANY AND BELGIUM, DURING THE SUMMER AND AUTUMN OF 1814.

BY THE HON. RICHARD BOYLE BERNARD, M.P.

Majora minorane famæ! HOR. Say are they less or greater than report!

London:

PRINTED FOR LONGMAN, HURST, REES, ORME, AND BROWN. PATER NOSTER ROW;

1815.

HARVARD AND FARLEY, Skinner Street, London

TO HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCE REGENT.

SIR,

Permit me to offer my most respectful thanks to Your Royal Highness, for the honor you have conferred upon me, by permitting the following pages to be inscribed to Your Royal Highness.

I beg at the same time to express my congratulations to Your Royal Highness on the late glorious events, which have distinguished Your Royal Highness's Government, which have restored to England the blessings of universal Peace, and will render the present æra ever memorable in History.

I have the Honor to be, With the highest Respect, Sir, Your Royal Highness's Obliged and most obedient Servant,

R.B. BERNARD.

PREFACE.

Had the following Pages required the exertion either of superior judgment, or of abstruse research, the Author is not sufficiently vain to have submitted them to the notice of the Public.

They are therefore not recommended to the perusal of the critical reader; as in fact, they contain merely the hasty observations suggested by the scenes he visited in the course of his Tour, together with a few occasional remarks, which he thought might be acceptable to the generality of readers: since notwithstanding the late increase of travellers, the numbers are still very great, who, being prevented by business, or deterred by the inconveniences of travelling, from visiting the Continent, might be disposed to pardon some inaccuracies, should they meet with a small portion either of amusement or information.

CONTENTS.

CHAP. I. PAGE

Introduction On the opening of the Continent Departure from London Arrival in France Different appearance of Things Large Bonnets Custom House and Passports Of Travelling in France French Dinners Abbeville Beauvais Vines Chantilly; its ruined Appearance St. Denis and its Abbey 1

CHAP. II.

Of the Approach to Paris General Appearance of that City Its Bridges Is inferior in Comfort to London Settled at an Hotel Population of Paris Its Markets Badly supplied with Water Of its various Divisions and their Inhabitants Palais Royal Gamblers Police English Papers Rule to find one's Way through Paris The Tuilleries The Louvre Plans of Improvement 19

CHAP. III.

Visit to the Gallery of The Louvre and Museum To the Luxemburg To the Royal Library To the Palais des Beaux Arts To the Church of Notre Dame To the Pantheon Protestant Church and Congregation Of the Number of English in Paris Column in the Place Vendôme Gobelin Manufactory Post Office Botanic Garden Lady and her Dog Story of Dr. Moore Of the Character of the Parisians Their Loquacity Of the Legislative Body Heat of the Weather Champs Elysées Quarter of St. Antoine Of the Revolution Of the Boulevards Of the Restaurateurs Of Ladies frequenting Coffee houses, &c. 39

CHAP. IV.

The Invalides Elevation of different Buildings Buonaparte desirous of Eclat Champ de Mars Place de Grenelle Of the Plan of General Mallet and his Execution Visit to the Museum of French Monuments Infidelity of its Promoters Of Colbert Gardens of Tivoli Great Numbers of Military Officers in Public Places Of the Capture of Paris by the Allies View of Paris from Montmartre Vanity of the French Their Love of Novelty The Emperor Alexander's Entry into Paris Of the Establishment of M... Continue reading book >>




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