¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 but we are glad to find the zig-zag road can carry us all of the way to the summit, bordered with tropical plants, rows of large Cactii +c among them a large century-plant from the centre of which rises the tree nearly ready for blooming, now nearly thirty feet high.
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 This hill was formerly a strong fortress, and during the stormy times of the last century was blown up. Battlements and high walls are standing yet in many places around which we wind, past the pacing sentinal [sic] before the powder-magazine, a flock of Pea fowls, and Donkeys grazing amidst towering palmtrees [sic].
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 From the summit we have an extended view. Near us all around lies the oldest part of the city, is high houses packed together so densely that no room has been left for streets, only narrow crooked lanes inaccessibly to carriages, except in two or three of the main thoroughfares. While the new city across the river presents a marked contrast of wide streets and promenades, of modern architecture and cleanliness, plenty of room, plenty of attractive grounds and shrubbery. And what is also noticeable is the fact that nearly every one of the hundreds and thousands of houses are either for Hotels, Pensions, private Houses or apartments to rent, or villas and and houses owned for foreigners, all for foreigners use. American and English composing the great majority. Now our ride through the city finds rooms to let, “apartements à lower”, posted upon on small boards on nearly every house.
¶ 5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 On pleasant days the promenade before our windows, and the English Garden, presents an animated spectacle of gay people, many hundreds, while it is said that there are in good seasons, ten thousand more strangers here than at present. I should much like to see their gayest gaiety, but I am afraid we should have to inhabit less desirable quarters than now. Our