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orange orchard, some of the trees fourteen in inches in diameter
but these are covered in winters by a board sheds.
Fees one franc each to the Gardner and same to the Palace man.
From the Palace we return to our Hotel in a row boat
with two oarsmen a pleasant ride of nearly two miles.
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19th Today Mrs Castle, Wife Self and Courier had a fine little
excursion of two and half hours to the Island of Isola Madre
a mile and half distant. The ladies in nicely cushioned seats
with backs cushioned too. Henry at the ruder and myself
rowing, the lake like a mirror and the Sun clouded,
all is love, and all are happy.
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Land upon the pebbly beach, step out on to a row of boulders,
up to the first terrace where the Gardner [sic] meets us and con-
ducts through the winding paths of the forest like park up
one terrace after another to the large house where the Count
Borromeo is now living and we see him among the laborers
a gray haired slender old man, human like the rest of us.
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The Green house is a small affair and the whole tenor of
the gardening is wilder than Isola Bella and much less att-
ractive, not statuary, no fountains, but the two hundred ^years^
of its yearly existence have made some of the choice trees very
large and imposing. Back to our Boar, thence
around the island and straight to the town where we land
and promenade through some of the narrow dark windings called
streets peeing into the little dark cheerless shops the whole
commerce not equalling one good sized American Grocery,
back to our boat and to the “Grand Hotel Pallanza” half mile further