A three weeks' scamper through the spas of Germany and Belgium, with an appendix on the nature and uses of mineral waters

9781150420146: A three weeks' scamper through the spas of Germany and Belgium, with an appendix on the nature and uses of mineral waters
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1858 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER X. WIESBADEN. From Schlangenbad, a pleasant ride of two hours brought me to Wiesbaden, by way of Biberich, along the valley of the Waltaffe and through the villages of Neudorf and Schierstein. As far as Neudorf, the journey was one of a series of descents along a narrow valley, with the usual beauties of valley scenery, its high beechcovered hills, its bare and picturesque rocks, its sudden closures and equally sudden openings, and the restless, chafing mountain stream that one while dashes onwards with the foaming fury of the wild horse, and another moment is as gentle as the pet steed of a riding school. Passing Neudorf, I came suddenly in view of the narrow plain of the Rhine, with a delicious expanse of lovely scenery; on my right was the Rheingau, the Paradise of the Rhine, as I have heard it called by the Germans, more probably with reference to a comfortable recollec THE BASIN OF THE MAINE. 143 tion of its excellent wines, than with an eye to its picturesque or more soothing agrarial beauties. Nevertheless, even I cannot forget that, away to my right, and at no great distance either, are the sunny vineyards of Rauenthal, of Johannisberg, of Geisenheim, of Riidesheim, and of Assmannshausen. Then, close at my feet, is the beautiful Rhine, with its picturesque islands and many steam-boats, bestowing upon it the appearance of busy life. Further on are the red towers and cupolas of Mayeuce; while to my left lies Wiesbaden and the plain of the Maine, with the blue summit of Melibochus rising out of the Odenwald on the distant horizon. I am reminded also that the expanse of country now before me, and for miles away up the Rhine, was once the bed of a vast salt-water lake, perhaps a small inland sea, alimented by the Rhine, the Maine, and the Neckar;...

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