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Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 23. Angera And Arona Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 23. Angera And Arona

Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 23. Angera And Arona
CHAPTER XXIII. Angera and AronaFrom the Hotel Riposo we drove to Angera, on the Lago Maggiore. There are many interesting things to see on the way. Close to Velate, for example, there is the magnificent bit of ruin which is so striking a feature as seen from the Sacro Monte. A little further on, at Luinate, there is a fine old Lombard campanile and some conventual buildings which are worth sparing five minutes or so to see. The views hereabouts over the lake of Varese and towards Monte Rosa are exceedingly fine. The driver should be told... Nonfictions - Post by : StephenR. - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Butler - Read : 991

Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 22. Sacro Monte, Varese Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 22. Sacro Monte, Varese

Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 22. Sacro Monte, Varese
CHAPTER XXII. Sacro Monte, VareseFrom Mendrisio we took a trap across the country to Varese, passing through Stabbio there are some baths that are much frequented by Italians in the summer. The road is a pleasant one, but does not go through any specially remarkable places. Travellers taking this road had better leave every cigarette behind them on which they do not want to pay duty, as the custom-house official at the frontier takes a strict view of what is due to his employers. I had, perhaps, a couple of ounces of tobacco in my pouch, but was... Nonfictions - Post by : StephenR. - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Butler - Read : 3151

Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 21. A Day At The Cantine Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 21. A Day At The Cantine

Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 21. A Day At The Cantine
CHAPTER XXI. A Day at the CantineNext day we went to breakfast with Professor Vela, the father of my friend Spartaco, at Ligornetto. After we had admired the many fine works which Professor Vela's studio contains, it was agreed that we should take a walk by S. Agata, and spend the afternoon at the cantine, or cellars where the wine is kept. Spartaco had two painter friends staying with him whom I already knew, and a young lady, his cousin; so we all went together across the meadows. I think we started about one o'clock, and it was... Nonfictions - Post by : StephenR. - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Butler - Read : 2975

Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 20. Sanctuary On Monte Bisbino Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 20. Sanctuary On Monte Bisbino

Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 20. Sanctuary On Monte Bisbino
CHAPTER XX. Sanctuary on Monte BisbinoBut to return to S. Cristoforo. In the Middle Ages there was a certain duke who held this part of the country and was notorious for his exactions. One Christmas eve when he and his whole household had assembled to their devotions, the people rose up against them and murdered them inside the church. After this tragedy, the church was desecrated, though monuments have been put up on the outside walls even in recent years. There is a fine bit of early religious sculpture over the door, and the traces of a... Nonfictions - Post by : StephenR. - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Butler - Read : 2398

Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 16. Graglia Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 16. Graglia

Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 16. Graglia
CHAPTER XVI. GragliaThe sanctuary of Graglia is reached in about two hours from Biella. There are daily diligences. It is not so celebrated as that of Oropa, nor does it stand so high above the level of the sea, but it is a remarkable place and well deserves a visit. The restaurant is perfect--the best, indeed, that I ever saw in North Italy, or, I think, anywhere else. I had occasion to go into the kitchen, and could not see how anything could beat it for the most absolute cleanliness and order. Certainly I never dined better... Nonfictions - Post by : StephenR. - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Butler - Read : 1718

Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 15. Oropa (continued) Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 15. Oropa (continued)

Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 15. Oropa (continued)
CHAPTER XV. Oropa (continued)On the east side of the main block of buildings there is a grassy slope adorned with chapels that contain illustrating scenes in the history of the Virgin. These figures are of terra-cotta, for the most part life-size, and painted up to nature. In some cases, if I remember rightly, they have hemp or flax for hair, as at Varallo, and throughout realism is aimed at as far as possible, not only in the figures, but in the accessories. We have very little of the same kind in England. In the Tower of London... Nonfictions - Post by : StephenR. - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Butler - Read : 1444

Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 14. Sanctuary Of Oropa Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 14. Sanctuary Of Oropa

Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 14. Sanctuary Of Oropa
CHAPTER XIV. Sanctuary of OropaFrom Lanzo I went back to Turin Jones again joined me, and we resolved to go and see the famous sanctuary of Oropa near Biella. Biella is about three hours' railway journey from Turin. It is reached by a branch line of some twenty miles, that leaves the main line between Turin and Milan at Santhia. Except the view of the Alps, which in clear weather cannot be surpassed, there is nothing of very particular interest between Turin and Santhia, nor need Santhia detain the traveller longer than he can help. Biella we... Nonfictions - Post by : Harvey_Segal - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Butler - Read : 1729

Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 13. Viu, Fucine, And S. Ignazio Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 13. Viu, Fucine, And S. Ignazio

Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 13. Viu, Fucine, And S. Ignazio
CHAPTER XIII. Viu, Fucine, and S. IgnazioI must now return to my young friend at Groscavallo. I have published his drawings without his permission, having unfortunately lost his name and address, and being unable therefore to apply to him. I hope that, should they ever meet his eye, he will accept this apology and the assurance of my most profound consideration. Delighted as I had been with his proposed illustrations, I thought I had better hear some of the letterpress, so I begged him to read me his MS. My time was short, and he began at once.... Nonfictions - Post by : Harvey_Segal - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Butler - Read : 1576

Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 12. Considerations On The Decline Of Italian Art Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 12. Considerations On The Decline Of Italian Art

Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 12. Considerations On The Decline Of Italian Art
CHAPTER XII. Considerations on the Decline of Italian ArtThose who know the Italians will see no sign of decay about them. They are the quickest witted people in the world, and at the same time have much more of the old Roman steadiness than they are generally credited with. Not only is there no sign of degeneration, but, as regards practical matters, there is every sign of health and vigorous development. The North Italians are more like Englishmen, both in body and mind, than any other people whom I know; I am continually meeting Italians whom I should take... Nonfictions - Post by : Harvey_Segal - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Butler - Read : 884

Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 11. Lanzo Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 11. Lanzo

Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 11. Lanzo
CHAPTER XI. LanzoFrom S. Ambrogio we went to Turin, a city so well known that I need not describe it. The Hotel Europa is the best, and, indeed, one of the best hotels on the continent. Nothing can exceed it for comfort and good cookery. The gallery of old masters contains some great gems. Especially remarkable are two pictures of Tobias and the angel, by Antonio Pollaiuolo and Sandro Botticelli; and a magnificent tempera painting of the Crucifixion, by Gaudenzio Ferrari--one of his very finest works. There are also several other pictures by the same master,... Nonfictions - Post by : Harvey_Segal - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Butler - Read : 2359

Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 10. S. Ambrogio And Neighbourhood Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 10. S. Ambrogio And Neighbourhood

Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 10. S. Ambrogio And Neighbourhood
CHAPTER X. S. Ambrogio and NeighbourhoodSince the opening of the railway, the old inn where the diligences and private carriages used to stop has been closed; but I was made, in a homely way, extremely comfortable at the Scudo di Francia, kept by Signor Bonaudo and his wife. I stayed here over a fortnight, during which I made several excursions. One day I went to San Giorio, as it is always written though San Giorgio is evidently intended. Here there is a ruined castle, beautifully placed upon a hill; this castle shows well from the railway shortly after leaving... Nonfictions - Post by : Harvey_Segal - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Butler - Read : 2440

Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 6. Piora Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 6. Piora

Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 6. Piora
CHAPTER VI. PioraAn excursion which may be very well made from Faido is to the Val Piora, which I have already more than once mentioned. There is a large hotel here which has been opened some years, but has not hitherto proved the success which it was hoped it would be. I have stayed there two or three times and found it very comfortable; doubtless, now that Signor Lombardi of the Hotel Prosa has taken it, it will become a more popular place of resort. I took a trap from Faido to Ambri, and thence walked over to Quinto;... Nonfictions - Post by : entuni - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Butler - Read : 3084

Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 5. Calonico (continued) And Giornico Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 5. Calonico (continued) And Giornico

Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 5. Calonico (continued) And Giornico
CHAPTER V. Calonico (continued) and GiornicoOur inventions increase in geometrical ratio. They are like living beings, each one of which may become parent of a dozen others--some good and some ne'er-do-weels; but they differ from animals and vegetables inasmuch as they not only increase in a geometrical ratio, but the period of their gestation decreases in geometrical ratio also. Take this matter of Alpine roads for example. For how many millions of years was there no approach to a road over the St. Gothard, save the untutored watercourses of the Ticino and the Reuss, and the track of... Nonfictions - Post by : entuni - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Butler - Read : 3023

Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 4. Rossura, Calonico Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 4. Rossura, Calonico

Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 4. Rossura, Calonico
CHAPTER IV. Rossura, CalonicoAnother day I went up to Rossura, a village that can be seen from the windows of the Hotel dell' Angelo, and which stands about 3500 feet above the sea, or a little more than 1100 feet above Faido. The path to it passes along some meadows, from which the church of Calonico can be seen on the top of its rocks some few miles off. By and by a torrent is reached, and the ascent begins in earnest. When the level of Rossura has been nearly attained, the path turns off into meadows to the right, and... Nonfictions - Post by : entuni - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Butler - Read : 2830

Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 3. Primadengo, Calpiognia, Dalpe, Cornone, And Prato Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 3. Primadengo, Calpiognia, Dalpe, Cornone, And Prato

Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 3. Primadengo, Calpiognia, Dalpe, Cornone, And Prato
CHAPTER III. Primadengo, Calpiognia, Dalpe, Cornone, and PratoNext morning I thought I would go up to Calpiognia again. It was Sunday. When I got up to Primadengo I saw no one, and heard nothing, save always the sound of distant waterfalls; all was spacious and full of what Mr. Ruskin has called a "great peacefulness of light." The village was so quiet that it seemed as though it were deserted; after a minute or so, however, I heard a cherry fall, and looking up, saw the trees were full of people. There they were, crawling and lolling about... Nonfictions - Post by : entuni - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Butler - Read : 1235

Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 2. Faido Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 2. Faido

Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 2. Faido
CHAPTER II. FaidoFor some years past I have paid a visit of greater or less length to Faido in the Canton Ticino, which though politically Swiss is as much Italian in character as any part of Italy. I was attracted to this place, in the first instance, chiefly because it is one of the easiest places on the Italian side of the Alps to reach from England. This merit it will soon possess in a still greater degree, for when the St. Gothard tunnel is open, it will be possible to leave London, we will say, on a Monday... Nonfictions - Post by : entuni - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Butler - Read : 1703

Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 1. Introduction Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 1. Introduction

Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Chapter 1. Introduction
CHAPTER I. IntroductionMost men will readily admit that the two poets who have the greatest hold over Englishmen are Handel and Shakespeare--for it is as a poet, a sympathiser with and renderer of all estates and conditions whether of men or things, rather than as a mere musician, that Handel reigns supreme. There have been many who have known as much English as Shakespeare, and so, doubtless, there have been no fewer who have known as much music as Handel: perhaps Bach, probably Haydn, certainly Mozart; as likely as not, many a known and unknown musician now living; but... Nonfictions - Post by : entuni - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Butler - Read : 2039

Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Author's Preface To First Edition Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Author's Preface To First Edition

Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino - Author's Preface To First Edition
I should perhaps apologise for publishing a work which professes to deal with the sanctuaries of Piedmont, and saying so little about the most important of them all--the Sacro Monte of Varallo. My excuse must be, that I found it impossible to deal with Varallo without making my book too long. Varallo requires a work to itself; I must, therefore, hope to return to it on another occasion. For the convenience of avoiding explanations, I have treated the events of several summers as though they belonged to only one. This can be of no importance to the reader, but... Nonfictions - Post by : entuni - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Butler - Read : 2832

The Fair Haven - The Fair Haven - Chapter 8. The Preceding Chapter Continued The Fair Haven - The Fair Haven - Chapter 8. The Preceding Chapter Continued

The Fair Haven - The Fair Haven - Chapter 8. The Preceding Chapter Continued
THE FAIR HAVEN CHAPTER VIII. THE PRECEDING CHAPTER CONTINUED"Let us now turn to Luke. His account runs as follows:- "'Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. AND THEY FOUND THE STONE ROLLED AWAY FROM THE SEPULCHRE. AND THEY ENTERED IN, AND FOUND NOT THE BODY OF THE LORD JESUS. And it came to pass as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments, AND AS THEY WERE AFRAID,... Nonfictions - Post by : nogodiggydie - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Butler - Read : 561

The Fair Haven - The Fair Haven - Chapter 7. Difficulties Felt By Our Opponents The Fair Haven - The Fair Haven - Chapter 7. Difficulties Felt By Our Opponents

The Fair Haven - The Fair Haven - Chapter 7. Difficulties Felt By Our Opponents
THE FAIR HAVEN CHAPTER VII. DIFFICULTIES FELT BY OUR OPPONENTSThere are some who avoid all close examination into the circumstances attendant upon the death of our Lord, using the plea that however excellent a quality intellect may be, and however desirable that the facts connected with the Crucifixion should be intelligently considered, yet that after all it is spiritual insight which is wanted for a just appreciation of spiritual truths, and that the way to be preserved from error is to cultivate holiness and purity of life. This is well for those who are already satisfied with the evidences for... Nonfictions - Post by : nogodiggydie - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Butler - Read : 3026