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Travels in the Far East

Ellen Mary Hayes Peck

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Suez, which has all the stir of a noisy modern port. We were now for a time in the Gulf of Suez, but saw nothing except a yellow beach and low outlying mountains; we longed for even a patch of grass, but, alas! this was the season of drought, and vegetation was slumbering.

But if Nature was dull and lifeless, there was no lack of jollity on board the steamer; for the passengers were mostly English, and there were constant games or other devices for "killing time," in which the English as a nation are so proficient.

We sailed out of the Gulf of Suez into the Red Sea, which afforded some variety of scene, as36 there were occasional islands, that of Perim being the most important and a possession of Great Britain. It stands prominently out of the sea in its length of two miles, and seems almost destitute of vegetation, although there was a little settlement close to the shore.

Thus far, contrary to all expectation, we had had comfortable weather; . . . Read More

Community Reviews

I found it quite interesting, but she was my great-grandmother, so I'm a little biased. She was very through on describing various monuments, temples, etc., often including measurements, and the occasional history of an area, but she did not include very many incidents of the trip. Perhaps it was th