0Wednesday. 17th November [1897]—Trent
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17 November 1897 — Trent
Wednesday. 17th November [1897]. After our 9 o’cl breakfast the Empress, Count Seckendorff & I went for a walk. Count Seckendorff seemed very unwell. I expect yesterday’s excursion was too much for him as he has been ailing for more than a year. We walked by the Adige to the Archbishop’s Palace a tumble down villa & were out about an hour– Then H.M. asked me to take my work & go & sit with her while she painted flowers till lunch time. Had a very pleasant quiet hour with her. We lunched at ¼ to one & directly after all of us drove to Castel Pietra an old castle close to Calliano. It was unfortunately a grey day but the old grey castle against the great grey mountain was very fine– It is surrounded with gigantic rocks strewn about in the wildest manner. We drove to the station of Calliano & took a train back to Trent & arrived there for 5 o’cl tea. At 5.30 I went off to call on the Salvadoris. I had to wait for Tea who was out but was sent for. Sat some time with her– Baron Salvadori walked back to the hotel with me. Supper at 8 & directly after the mandoline band came & played before H.M.—a society of young men. It was very pretty. They were 16 of them.

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