¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 The large door at the left is the entree to a catholic chapel. The rooms immediately above that doorway are occupied by Mr Castles family. The following rooms to the left of this, are ours, extending to the Hotel entrance while the other end of the block is occupied by the Hotel Victoria.
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 I believe I have never described an European dinner or “table d’hote” which varies but little in style throughout the different countries, even extending to New York on board the French steamers, and as it materially differs from ours I will attempt a description.
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It always lasts from an hour, to an hour and a half, and no one can hurry it. A few bills of fare (Menu) are generally scattered along the table, but they are not for the purpose of ordering what you prefer as in America, they seldom specify anything but the meats and pudding- Everything is offered to you in regular order, and if you refuse it, you must wait idle until the whole table are ready for the next
course. And when one becomes accustomed to the cooking and is not in haste it has more advantages than disadvantages as compared with our hasty bolting of food, and gives one a chance to try every dish without asking for it-
¶ 6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 When first seated the wine card is handed for a selection- Everybody in Europe drinks wine- An American tee-totaler would stand a poor chance here as the water is generally bad- We always empty one bottle, taking the wine of the country we are in which usually costs from thirty to fifty cents per bottle.