0Thursday. 20th [September 1877]—Therapia
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20 September 1877 — Therapia
Thursday. 20th [September 1877]. We breakfasted at 8.30 & started off in the steam launch & went on board the Antelope to have a days excursion. We had Mr Elliot & Smijth, Graham, Wingfield, de Winton, Genl besides the Hansons whom we picked up at Candilli. We went on past the Islands to a place called Yalova where there were some farms. We started at 10 from Therapia & arrived at Y. at abt 2. We lunched on the deck & had a very merry party & then landed. We were told there were some ruins of a temple & we set off to walk & see them. It was very hot & sultry but we persevered but found it more than ½ hour’s walk. We told the “Antelope” to follow us & pick us up further down. We stopped to rest at a farm & then toiled on & found there were fragments of white marble scattered abt & a portion of an early Byzantine church remaining erect. We then reembarked & had refreshing drinks & tea wh revived us after our hot walk. As the eveng came on we had the guitar & all sang choruses & then listened to the sailors singing. As we neared Consple it was like a fairy city—all the minarets were lighted up for Ramazan & the effect was wonderful. We dropped the Hansons (Mr & Mrs Henry & Mrs Willie) at Candilli & got back to Therapia at 10. Bad news of Julian Layard who is very ill of typhus at Shipka. Telegraphed to Frederic Layard. Poor Henrys brothers.

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