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Paris and France. Illustrated and embellished with views of the world's famous places and people, being the identical discourses delivered during the past eighteen years under the title of the Stoddard lectures.

TitleFrance - John L. Stoddard's Lectures
AuthorJohn L. Stoddard
PublisherNorwood Press
Year1901
Copyright1901, John L. Stoddard
AmazonJohn L. Stoddard's Lectures 13 Volume Set
-Paris
Paris is preeminently the City of Pleasure. It is the cradle of the freshest thought, the newest fashion, and the latest luxury. Within its limits there is little else than sunshine, gaiety, and l...
-Paris. Part 2
Chateaubriand was therefore right when he exclaimed: We may erect fountains here, but all the water in the world would not suffice to wash away the stains of the blood that has here been shed. Yet w...
-Paris. Part 3
The Rue Royale is by no means the only interesting thoroughfare leading from the Place de la Concorde. Far superior to it in size and commercial importance is the famous Rue de Rivoli, which borders t...
-Paris. Part 4
The Tuileries. Napoleon's Son. Ruins Of The Tuiler1es. The Tuileries And Louvre. Here, also, on the day of Bonaparte's coronation, the members of his family assembled in their gorgeous toi...
-Paris. Part 5
A Pavilion Of The Louvre. Among The Pictures Of The Louvre. This sentiment is not a new one. Almost all the finest proofs of human genius since the dawn of history have been destroyed by man. It...
-Paris. Part 6. Rare Treasures
Rare Treasures. Whose cliffs repeat with answering smile Their features in its sun-kissed waves! An exile from thy native place, We view thee in a northern clime; Yet mark on thy majestic face A...
-Paris. Part 7
In The Louvre. In strolling down the Rue de Rivoli, one sees a singular statue representing Jeanne d'Arc, bearing triumphantly the standard of the Fatherland for which she nobly lived and bravely d...
-Paris. Part 8
Boulevard Des Italiens. So long as any of the soldiers who had served under Napoleon survived, they always came here on the Emperor's birthday and on the anniversaries of his great battles, and hun...
-Paris. Part 9
A Newspaper Stand. Avenue De L'Opera. It is not strange that a Parisian, accustomed to the beauty, luxury, and gaiety of his beloved capital, finds absence from it an intolerable exile. Many yea...
-Paris. Part 10
The situation of this Parisian Temple of Music could not be improved. It stands in the centre of Paris; and if the Boulevards may be compared to an outstretched necklace, the Place de l'Opera is its m...
-Paris. Part 11
The most elaborately decorated apartment in this building is its foyer. Such corridors are far more used in European places of amusement than in America. The reason is obvious. In European theatres, a...
-Paris. Part 12
The western boundary of the Place de la Concorde is no less attractive than those which have been mentioned. As the square itself is easily the first of city areas, so the promenade of the Champs-Ely-...
-Paris. Part 13
Standing beside this noble gate on a pleasant summer afternoon, and watching countless carriages roll westward from the city, one naturally asks himself: Where are these people going in such numbers?...
-Paris. Part 14
Interior Of Notre Dame. The tourist will be well repaid if he ascends the towers of Notre Dame to gain a comprehensive view of Paris. Directly beneath him he discerns the Seine, which here shoots o...
-Paris. Part 15
It has been calculated that if a tourist should give but five minutes to each apartment of this palace, it would take him three days, of five hours each (it is open only from eleven to four o'clock) t...
-Paris. Part 16
Marie Antoinette. The Chapel At Versailles. Marie Antoinette's Bed. Madame, he said; his Majesty is going to Paris. What will you do? Go with the King, she instantly replied. Come, th...
-Paris. Part 17
This tennis-court of Versailles was, therefore, the cradle of French liberty. Yet within twenty-four hours these chosen representatives of twenty-five million people were driven from even this unshelt...
-Paris. Part 18
The Last Days Of Napoleon I. Vela. The Gallery Of Battles, Versailles. The Park Of Versailles. The immense park of Versailles, with its world-famous fountains and shaded avenues, groves, and ...
-Paris. Part 19
The Home Of Marie Antoinette. The Dairy Of Marie Antoinette. Little Queen, you must not be So saucy with your twenty years; Else your subjects soon will see You led beyond the French frontiers....
-Paris. Part 20
Danton. It was a cold autumnal morning when Marie Antoinette was led from this prison to her execution. With her own hands she had cut off her hair. Then, with her arms securely bound, she walked d...
-Paris. Part 21
Finally, maddened with excitement, the crowd arrived before the church of St. Denis, whose splendid bronze gates, given to it by Charlemagne, were closed. Without a moment's hesitation, however, they ...
-Paris. Part 22
It was Napoleon I who ordered this grand edifice to be restored as nearly as possible to its former condition. Fortunately, a citizen named Alexandre Lenoir had obtained permission from the Government...
-Paris. Part 23
Tree At Malmaison Planted By Napoleon And Josephine. Pont Des Arts And The Institute Of France. Napoleon's Study And Promenade Solitaire. Some months later, the duel between Napoleon and unit...
-Paris. Part 24
The Chapel Of The Invalides. Midway between the entrance and the altar is a marble crypt, sixty-nine feet in diameter. Into its depths, from stained-glass windows in the roof, there falls a multitu...
-La Belle France
All European travelers go to Paris, yet few of them know of France more than they see of it through a car window, as they are whirled along the rails connecting the metropolis with Marseilles, Calai...
-La Belle France. Part 2
The Court Of Adieux, Fontainebleau. Hall Of. Henry IV, Fontainebleau. Among the many memories suggested by this courtyard, who can forget that of the 30th of March, 1814, when, at nine o'clock i...
-La Belle France. Part 3
The Allied Powers having proclaimed that the Emperor was the sole obstacle to the reestablishment of peace in Europe, the Emperor, faithful to his oath, declares that he renounces for himself and chi...
-La Belle France. Part 4
When she had been carried to her bedchamber by her husband and an attendant, the Emperor rang for her servants, and, on their arrival, retired in the deepest mental distress. Moreover, during the slee...
-La Belle France. Part 5
There is a melancholy pleasure in strolling through apartments that are haunted by such memories as these. Hall Of Francis I, Fontainebleau. One after another, we enter and study them as separate ...
-La Belle France. Part 6
Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned. In a firm voice she remarked to the priest whom she had summoned to absolve him, My father, I now retire, leav...
-La Belle France. Part 7
The Staircase At Blots. The Warning. The Murder Of The Duke Of Guise. The Meeting Of The King And The Duke Of Guise At Blois. It was a frosty morning, and a fire was blazing on the hearth....
-La Belle France. Part 8
A Fireplace At Chambord. Souvent femme varie, Fol qui s'y fie.* Another castle of Touraine that well repays a visit is Chenonceaux. The lovely site of this chateau, beside the river Cher, seems ...
-La Belle France. Part 9
Old French Houses. They were the necessary outgrowth of that time. Foreign invasions and civil and religious wars made castles a necessity. Defenseless people were only too thankful then to rally a...
-La Belle France. Part 10
Behind the shattered rocks at Biarritz is a long, smooth beach, curved like a crescent and paved with a hard floor of sand. On this, as is usual in European seaside resorts, stands the Casino, a rathe...
-La Belle France. Part 11
View From The Terrace At Pau. The Castle At Pau, From The Park. These mountains form, however, only a dazzling background to the panorama visible from the promenade at Pau; for in the immediate ...
-La Belle France. Part 12
Naturally the most interesting room in the castle is that in which, on the 13th of December, 1553, the future Henry IV first saw the light. Suspended here, like the scale of a balance, before a piece ...
-La Belle France. Part 13
In The Pyrenees. Abd-EL-Kader And Napoleon III. Observatory On The Pic Du Midi. As we approached it, the scenery became imposing; the space between the mountains, which rose almost perpendicu...
-La Belle France. Part 14
At Eaux Bonnes. The Park At Eaux Bonnes. The springs of Eaux Bonnes are considered wonderfully beneficial for pulmonary and spinal complaints; but as our lungs were sound and our backbones unyie...
-La Belle France. Part 15
A Bit Of Pyrenean Scenery. Viewed from some points along the valley, the bridge of Napoleon, as it is called, is the most picturesque structure of its kind that I have ever seen, its pure white mar...
-La Belle France. Part 16
The Pic Du Midi. At The Snow-Line. On The Road To The Lac De Gaube. Well, exclaimed our guide cheerfully, how is busi-ness? Business? echoed the inn-keeper; business? There is no bus...
-La Belle France. Part 17
The Lake At Panticosa. Part Of The Barrier Wall Between France And Spain. At Panticosa. The Baths Of Panticosa. In The Baths Of Pant1cosa. I shall never forget being ushered by an atten...
-La Belle France. Part 18
A Section Of Gavarnie. Gavarnie. As we rode out of the arena of Gavarnie, we turned to see to better advantage the glittering summits that surmount it. In the level crest of one of them is a sin...
-La Belle France. Part 19
Near Luchon. On The Way To The Port De Venasque. The Maladetta. The Port De Venasque. Near The Port De Venasque. My last view of the monarch of the Pyrenees, as I paused for a moment be...
-La Belle France. Part 20
The Grotto. Our Lady Of Lourdes. Descending to a point below the church, and entering the grotto where these miraculous manifestations are said to have occurred, I saw before me, in a niche of t...
-La Belle France. Part 21
Hotel Keeper At Lourdes. An eastern fable tells us that when Paradise was fading from the earth, a single rose was saved and treasured by an angel, who gives to every mortal, sooner or later, in hi...
-La Belle France. Part 22
Nice. The Harbor Of Nice. Occasionally, beyond the sapphire water and the wave-worn rocks, one can discern from the Riviera the shadowy profile of Corsica, the birthplace of that man, whose life be...
-La Belle France. Part 23
Monaco And Monte Carlo. Strictly speaking, this principality is not a part of France, but it is surrounded by it on three sides, and is so much a part of Nice, which is on French soil only ten mile...
-La Belle France. Part 24
No one can watch these men for any length of time, without perceiving that the nervous strain they undergo is very great; and, as a matter of fact, they have to be relieved every two hours. Every day,...
-La Belle France. Part 25
The most unpleasant feature of Monte Carlo, - the serpent in the paradise, - is the fact that tragedies frequently occur within its limits. It is said that a conservative estimate of the suicides that...
-La Belle France. Part 26
On the topmost circle we saw the places for the gilded posts from which an enormous awning was stretched above the assembled multitude. We also peered shudderingly into the dark dens where formerly wi...
-La Belle France. Part 27
Eighteen years before the Christian era, Marcus Agrippa, the son-in-law of the Emperor Augustus, ordered his soldiers to supply the city of Nimes with water from two copious springs twenty-five miles ...









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