Syria and the Syrians (Volume 1); Or, Turkey in the Dependencies

9780217999052: Syria and the Syrians (Volume 1); Or, Turkey in the Dependencies

This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1856. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XL HASBAIYA TO BAYROOT. Farewell--Scenery--Season for Travelling in Syria--Difference in Traveller's Descriptions--The Peasantry and their Horses-- Ijon--A Night at Djed-dai-d6--Love of Children--Coast of Phoenicia--A Village--Kalat Esh Shkief--Scenery--A Breakfast-- En route--Thirsty--A Gallop to the Zahrani--Luncheon--The Last Ridge--Arrival at Sidon--Movement in Deyr El Kamar-- History of Sidon and its Associations--En route to Bayroot-- The Road--Lady Hester Stanhope--The Belgian Consul-- Consular System--Protection System--Remedy for Evils-- Nebi Yonas--River Damoor--Porphyreon--Khald6--Mount Lebanon--Arrival at Bayroot--Letters. Wednesday, 2lst February, 1855. Farewell Hasbaiya! . . . It was half-past two in the afternoon, before we were on our way. The party comprised, a muleteer, and my brother J , who would see me as far as Sidon, in my tour of the Holy Land. Our course was directed to Sidon, from which place my brother intended returning home, whilst I proceeded to Bayroot, prior to deciding on any fixed plan for making a tour of Palestine . . . One more farewell to the many faces, who lined the terraces to see us off, and we dashed down the wild ravine. In half-an-hour we crossed the bridge, which spans the Hasbani, and in a similar space of time we SEASON FOE TRAVELLING IN SYRIA. 317 reached Sook El Khan, the site of the fair, mentioned in a previous chapter. But the scenery was more lovely than ever; green foliage and beautiful flowers met the eye everywhere; fields of corn, waving with majestic splendour; groves of olive trees interspersed here and there; grassy slopes enlivened by a rich assortment of flowers, and the tumultuous river madly rushing along--all contributed to render the picture one of exceeding loveliness and beauty. This va...

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