By Ida Pfeiffer
Translated from the German via H. W. Dulcken. [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]
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From first to last we changed vessels six times during a journey from Vienna to Constantinople; we travelled by four steamers and twice in boats; a circumstance which cannot be reckoned among the pleasures of a trip down the Danube. Though not a large boat, the Ferdinand is comfortable and well built. Even the second-class cabin is neatly arranged, and a pretty stove diffused a warmth which was peculiarly grateful to us all, as the thermometer showed only six to eight degrees above zero. Unfortunately even here the men and women are not separated in the second-class cabin; but care is at least taken that third-class passengers do not intrude.
They always adopt the religion of their master, are not overburdened with work, are well clothed and fed, and kindly treated. Europeans also purchase slaves, but may not look upon them and treat them as such; from the moment when a slave is purchased by a Frank he becomes free. Slaves bought in this way, however, generally stay with their masters. THE OLD SERAIL is, of course, an object of paramount attraction to us Europeans. I betook myself thither with my expectations CHAPTER III. 45 at full stretch, and once more found the reality to be far below my anticipations.
Several of the passengers, myself among the number, did little honour to the cook's skill. We had scarcely CHAPTER II. 36 begun to eat our soup, before we were so powerfully attacked by sea-sickness, that we were obliged to quit the table precipitately. I laid myself down at once, feeling unable to move about, or even to drag myself on deck to admire the magnificent spectacle of nature. The waves frequently ran so high as to overtop the flue of our stove, and from time to time whole streams of water poured into the cabin.
A Visit to the Holy Land, Egypt, and Italy by Ida Pfeiffer