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tunnels to the shore of lake Geneva which suddenly burst upon our view
after passing a long tunnel, a little while before reaching Lausanne.
This latter city presents a picturesque appearance from the depot, built
upon an eminence at our right, a mile or so away, on the slopes of Mont
Jorat with its large cathedral spire towering above everything, but I
understand that the streets are very irregular and the city not particularly
agreeable. pop’ about 2100.
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Upon the bank of the lake at our left is the celebrated watering place of
“Ouchy”, under the hill from our train and the multitude of cars intervening
prevented us from seeing the Hotels- From Lausanne we
skirt the lake, upon the hights [sic], always in sight of the water, through
several little villages, as the shore and adjoining country is thickly
inhabited, to Geneva 4 P.M. where Henry meets us-
Not to the Beau Rivage Hotel as telegraphed, for the travellers occupying
our rooms concluded not to leave. Henry said he “was frightened”.
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We went to the Hotel Metropole, but the proprietor said with many regrets that
our rooms had been engaged by Prince Napoleon, but that if we would
occupy two rooms in the 3rd story this night he would do better next day.
Considering ourselves fortunate to find any rooms at all after our disappoint
ment, in this unprecedented rush, we comply-
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24th At our Breakfast this morning everything was wrong. at table
half hour ^after^ the announcement of its being “ready”, victuals badly cooked, plates
and cups black with soot, and when we expostulated, the waiters would
blow off the dirt and hand them back. We decided upon a change,
and before the family had left the table I was upon the street in search of
other quarters. The “Metropole” pretends to be the ne plus ultra (Is large,
finely situated facing the English Gardens.) where an orchestra begins