A thousand miles in the Rob Roy canoe on rivers and lakes of Europe (Google eBook)

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S. Low, Son, and Marston, 1866 - Canoes and canoeing - 316 pages
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Pleasant and amusing travel narrative of a season spent canoeing through the byways of Europe, the various townspeople that the author met on the way, and their perception of him and his canoe. Read full review

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Page iii - With her paddle and sails she traversed the rivers Thames. Sambre. Meuse, Rhine. Main, Danube. Reuss. Aar. 111, Moselle, Meurthe. Marne. and Seine ; the lakes Titisee. Constance, Unter See, Zurich. Zug, and Lucerne, together with six canals in Belgium and France.
Page 214 - And the Lord their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people: for they shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon his land. For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! corn shall make the young men cheerful, and new wine the maids.
Page 214 - Canoe * will sufficiently indicate the popular meaning of the phrase 'new-wine,' and establish the nature and reality of the thing called ' sweet-wine' : " At one of the great inns on the road, some NEW-WINS was produced on the table. It had been made only the day before, and its colour was exactly like that of cold tea, with milk and sugar in it, while its taste was very inscioits and sweet.
Page 248 - all I could to recollect ; but no, I had not seen the boys ; and so the women went away distracted, and left me sorrowful. But suddenly, when toiling in the middle of a very difficult piece of rockwork, lowering the boat (and therefore no longer trying to remember...
Page 2 - With one powerful sweep of his paddle he can instantly turn the canoe, when only a foot distant from fatal destruction. He can steer within an inch in a narrow place, or press through reeds and weeds, branches and grass; can hoist and lower his sail without changing his seat; can shove with his paddle when aground or jump out in good time to prevent a decided smash. He can wade and haul the light craft over shallows, or on dry ground, through fields and hedges, over dykes, barriers, and walls; can...
Page 68 - Liege are hardly surpassed in beauty by any river scenery in N. Europe : rock, wood, and water have done their utmost, yet the scenery is not properly mountainous. The Meuse has been compared to the Wye ; but is even more romantic than the English river.
Page 58 - Winding here and turning there, and rushing fast down this reach, and paddling slowly along that, with each minute a fresh view, the mind is ever on the qui vive, or the boat will go bump on a bank, crash on a rock, or plunge into a tree full of gnats and spiders. This is veritable travelling, where skill and tact are needed to bear you along, and where the exertion of either is rewarded at once.
Page 5 - The Rob Roy is built of oak, and covered fore and aft with cedar. She is made just short enough to go into the German railway waggons ; that is to say, fifteen feet in length, twenty-eight inches broad, nine inches deep, weighs eighty pounds, and draws three inches of water, with an inch keel. A paddle seven feet long, with a blade at each end, and a...
Page 7 - Rifelberg, 8000 ft. Hotel on top, very good. 2 hrs. up. Guide, 4 fr. Horse and man, 10 fr. Path past the Church : then, l., over fields : then, up through a wood, 1 hr. Past chalets : then, r., across a stream. Fine view of Mont Cervin from the ridge. But the grand Excursion is a To the Garner Grat, 9000 ft. 2 hrs.

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