¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 Such beautiful landscapes, on the whole of this route – Rolling, almost mountainous, highly cultived [sic], the north eastern portion of France and Western part of Belgium being very similar, the same lack of fences of any kind, as in the west of France, but the thatched roofs have almost disappeared, wholly- The eastern half of Belgium has a hedge fence around nearly every patch looking very picturesque on the upheavals. The beautiful ship canal built by the first Napoleon follows the road, or rather our road follows it, quite closely, adding to the beauty of the landscape-
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 The variations of level can be imagined when I inform you that within a short distance after leaving Liege we go through nineteen tunnels and cross one river seventeen times. At Véviers we cross the Prussian frontier and at a small station called Herberthal a revenue official runs his head into the window, asks a question or two which we do not understand to which I answer no and he slides out of sight. This revenue business is a great farce. It does not yield income sufficient to pay the officers.
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 1 At about 7P.M. we reach Cologne and are soon hansomely [sic] lodged in the Hotel due Nord (Northern Hotel) facing the abutment of the great, high bridge across the Rhine. The opposite front ^is^ towards the river which runs just beyond the ornamental gardens of the Hotel affording a charming view from Ma’s room but our rooms face theother way. All on the first floor, hansomly [sic] furnished for about two dollars per day (excluding board & services)