¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 almost meeting overhead, always many stories high. Many of these dark alleys having elegant shops, many of the large buildings being old Palaces long since put to other uses-
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 To find the different banking houses or transportation offices or consulates, we invariably stop before the centre of some large building with traces of former grandeur, look around the grand doorway for the proper sign, thence into the paved court amidst columns, arches, peddlars [sic], beggars, shops, thence up a series of magnificent marble stairways, wide, with sculpture, columns, arches, and frescoes always in sight, to the second story where we find the offices-
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 In such a crowded part we took our families to see one, or a sample of the rest. It was the Palazzo Sera. We must go to the third story to see what was left of its elegance. We found the third story had always been the most elegant, for there was the Grand Saloon said to be the most elegant in Europe. Many thousand Sequins had been melted down to make the gildings- The walls were inlaid with mirrors on all sides multiplying every object, large gold gluted columns all around supporting grand frescoed arches overhead.
¶ 5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 The next apartment had the walls covered with needlework tapestry of large pictures made to fit the spaces. We could fancy these tooms to have shone with dazzling brilliancy during the middle ages.
¶ 6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 From these upper windows we could see upon the tops of surmounting houses, little promenades, grottos, greenhouses +c which were the gems of the Palaces, unknown perhaps to the pedestrian far below.
¶ 7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 We rode to the top of the high hill just behind the Post office where we enjoyed a delightful panoramic view of the city, the harbor, and the Mediterranean- We ascended to the summit of the rocky grounds called “Villa Negro” now belonging to the city, by zig-zag gravelled [sic] walks