July 25th & 26th, 1881

“July 25th, Continued,

After tea we dressed a little and went ashore again, Capt. Winship coming along with us. We had first some ices in a garden belonging to the Cafee Italia and then visited the Politeama Genoverse. This is a large theatre and we had very comfortable seats. The whole building consisting of iron so that gentlemen are allowed to smoke during the performance. Through slides in the ceiling we could see the dark blue sky. They had comic opera Il Duchino, the music by Lecocq and we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. Singing and acting were alike beautiful and I have never seen anything like it before. What splendid dresses, what fine ladies. At half past twelve o’clock we arrived on board very tired but content with our days work and went to bed.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Lecocq

 “July 26th,

Although we only went to bed at one o’clock in the morning we had to rise at 6 A.M., took our breakfast at 7 A.M. and then went ashore to the railway station where we intended to take tickets to Pegli, about seven miles from Genoa and a place much frequented for sea bathing. Here we learnt from an official that the next train did not leave till two hours later for which reason we preferred to go out by the tramway. On the pizza di ferro via we saw the monument of Christophero Columbo, the discoverer of America who was a native of Genoa. We boarded one of the tramway cars that runs every ten minutes to Pegli and soon passed out of town. On this side of Genoa the mountains approach close to the sea and on the promontory there is a lighthouse of Genoa before mentioned. Of course the tramway could not go over the mountain but went through a large tunnel beneath it. After passing a large suburb, we first reached Cornigliano, then Sestri and at last Pegli. Our way led us through fine scenery, the mountains to the right and the blue sea to the left, sometimes quite close to the latter. We saw splendid gardens, villa and palaces; and when we passed a bathing-establishment, the people bathing, ladies and gentlemen together. All the mules had a straw hat on their heads, made for the purpose with two holes on the sides where they long ears were taken through. It looked ridiculous but must have been of great benefit to the poor mules. Although it was very warm, yet we did not find the heat oppressive, the air being so clear. After our arrival in Pegli…..”

http://foter.com/f/photo/4711361807/0ec274655d/

Advertisements
This entry was posted in 19th Century Travel Diaries. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s