0Sunday. 29th [October 1905]—En route to India
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29 October 1905 — En route to India
Sunday. 29th [October 1905]. Got coffee brought to us but I woke very tired & faint & was glad when we arrived at Brindisi abt 12. The whole country on getting near there has a very eastern effect dusty stoney—the houses with flat roofs—Eucalyptus trees, aloes, cactus all growing in great profusion. At the station a grand looking Cook’s interpreter with a splendid uniform undertook to see after our luggage being conveyed to the hotel to wh we went in an omnibus– Very bad hotel—food very indifferent. At 3 we went on board the Isis—paid the magnificent interpreter 16 lire! for the simple work he had got done– Then Baker & I took a walk in the town to the Duomo wh had nothing interesting in it. The streets are all paved with broad stones—& there are many picturesque remains of palaces, balconies, doorways &c. We returned on board & settled ourselves in the cabin wh Baker & I shared. The P&O express from London came in late so we did not dine till they arrived at 8. I sat next to the Captain & found him a very pleasant & kind man. Retired early to bed—& the steamer started abt midnight.

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