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requested Miss Brown to carry him watering-places near London, may, up, which she invariably did-no in these days of railroads, be transsmall exertion in hot weather, and ported to many a pleasant spot east, for which Mrs. Plantagenet P. south, or west. Such places as Scarcould not avoid thanking her. This borough or Blackpool are, of course, led to bowing when they met;' And as dear and as frequented as Brighwhat would have followed had I not ton; the large northern towns send been ordered to Homburg for my forth their hundreds and thousands health, I cannot say,' observed Mrs. to them; but they do not so entirely Price to a friend.

fill up the smaller places as the But nonsense apart, the objections population of the metropolis does that apply to two or more families in Kent and Sussex.

The races, in a house at any place, seem aggra- regattas, and such watering-place vated at Dover; for, restricted in amusements have so much attracits walks, people are perpetually tion for them, that they care less meeting each other, and constitute for the quieter Gilsland, Filey, or a considerable drawback to this Cromer, and thus leave some room pleasant place, where something is for the tired-out Londoner who wants always going on to amuse and little more than rest and fresh air. interest the visitor. Folkestone, What charming summer quarters, within half an hour by rail, has too, on the north coast of Devon, or nothing but its more bracing air to in Wales-preserved by their very recommend it above Dover. Sand- remoteness from being vulgarized, gate, adjoining it, is a pretty quiet over built, or over frequented! Cerlittle place, which after having been tainly 285 miles is a long distance at the height of favour at one time, to go for a few weeks, and al. 98. 6d. like Eastbourne, suddenly lost its a long fare to pay for more than two popularity, owing to a visitation by people; but if these two considerfever, and has never quite regained ations can be made light of, then, the same position, although the dear reader, go to Tenby-not, of cause has long since been removed. course, if you want German bands, Hastings and St. Leonard's have and promenades, or to read the last been too fully described in this ma- new novel in your last new costume, gazine to make it necessary for us but if you love nature, and simple, to do more than mention them now; kindly people, a delicious air and but with all these—with Bognor, climate at once mild and bracing, a quiet, healthy, cheap, and dull; and bright-looking little place, clean, inWorthing, a nice place now it has viting, and, with all, moderate as been well drained, for those who yet in expense, with a fine expanse like a mild air, with fine sands, a of sand, and yet a bold rugged outpretty country, charming drives, and line of rocky cliffs rich in the lovea house or lodgings moderate and liest colouring that Nature can paint good — with all these, one would her rocks in, and rich, too, in those think there was choice enough for wondrous productions that delight the Londoner near home. Yet the naturalists and excite the ineveryone of these places is full to terest of the most ordinary observer overflowing. Even Harwich and -if you want all this, we repeat, go the still unfinished Dovercourt; to Tenby. The length of the jourquiet little Walton-on-the-Naze, with ney from London is a drawback, we its golden-coloured sands; ugly, must allow; but the latter part of bracing Aldborough, enjoying the it is full of interest or beauty from roll and swell of the German Ocean; the moment you leave grim old even the more distant Lowestoft Chepstow to the moment the broad may be considered as near enough waters M ord Haven are reached. for the Londoner's summer quarters, Old castles, ruins, mountains, towns and are literally taken possession of are passed, and more than once by him at certain seasons.

glimpses of the ocean itself vary the Those, however, who can go to a scene, till you are cheated into fordistance, and who wish to avoid the getting the hours as they come and high prices, and close packing of go, and make up your mind not

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to shorten the railroad journey by “But oh! the long, expensive stopping at Narberth Road Station, journey!' sighed Julia to Benedict. and thence to Tenby; but to pro- * We shall never be able to go to ceed to Milford- the better plan-as Tenby now, for, with the nurses, we the drive is shorter, over a good are seven road and more interesting country. Never mind, my love,' responds This may involve sleeping at Mil- Benedict, bravely (before his huntford; but then if time allows next ing-season begins); 'think of all day, the Pembroke Docks can be the places near London, to which visited; if not, a tiny steamer ferries you have never been! There is you across the haven to Pater, rather Richmond, Barnes, or Putney.' a miserable-looking place, where the 'Suburban,' retorts Julia. landlord of the good hotel at Mil- But pretty' ford has ordered you a carriage for And dear.' Tenby. In a very short time after Surbiton ?' your arrival there, you may have *A town.' walked all over the town, decided 'Well, Esher ? which situation you prefer, even ' Delicious! but nothing to be had seen and taken your rooms; or ar- there, or at Hampton Court, beyond ranged to remain at one of the good a house or two; and the hotels, as hotels, which you can do without

you knowbeing ruined.

* Then take another line. BromTenby has no architectural beauty ley,- Blackheath ?' to boast of; but several good houses Too near London.' have been built within the last few 'Reigate ?' years, and many comfortable lodgings Julia paused. She once spent are to be had, according to the ac- some pleasant days at the capital commodation required, at prices inn, the White Hart,' at Reigate. ranging from thirty shillings a week Villas and houses of every kind have to three and four guineas. Pro- since sprung up there, with marvisions are good and moderate, fish vellous rapidity, but increase of abundant, the bathing good. One building has brought increased can have a sheltered walk on the prices. Reigate is a dear place, both north sands when a south-west gale in living and rent: it is becoming prevails, or a pleasant, sunny stroll the permanent residence of many on the south sands in those early City men; and thus the lovely months when the sun has hardly country, and healthful air of the warmed the sea breezes to their hills and commons around, are diffisummer heat. Charming, too, are cult now to be had for such as the views from one's window of the would enjoy them in the summer sunny bay, the ruined castle on the months only. height, the rocky isle beyond; and Farther on there is Betchworth, charming, too, the walks inland, over half-way to Dorking, and pretty heathery and moss-grown moors to little Brockham Green, where two an old Norman castle, or ancient or three small houses are sometimes church, or rude cross, or still ruder to be met with ; and then Betchhabitation of some ancient Briton, worth Park, with its magnificent which the uninitiated mistake for a beeches-studies for artists; and heap of stones.

here, in the very park itself, are Those who love such expeditions, two houses, not far from the ruins such objects for a long walk, may of the old mansion, that can offer add that pleasure to the other charms very fair quarters, for those who of seaside life at Tenby, and will find want a shady, cool retreat in July or their paths, too, strewn with flowers : August. As we go on to Dorking, for wild roses in some places carpet both in and all round the town one the ground, and masses of bright can discover apartments to letcolour seen on some distant cliff will none of them remarkably good, and be found, on approaching, to be only dear at two guineas a week: three, another of Flora's gay mantles and four, and five being the price spread out to delight one.

often in summer; but gladly occupied by those who in fine weather your letters. If they fail you, there do little more than sleep in them. is little or no resource in the neighSo varied are Nature's charms here, bourhood: the farms around may that visitors spend their lives in the supply butter, milk, eggs, but the open air. If lodged in, or very near bread and meat must come from the Dorking, there are walks and drives town. Nevertheless, in spite of in every direction. You can mount drawbacks, these little abodes are the steep hill to Denbies, past the generally well filled. princely mansion built by Mr. Tired of seaside lodgings, small Cubitt, and emerge on the wild and country-houses, or expensive hotels, picturesque common of Ranmore. hundreds of people go abroad. In the A walk over this heath, through a character of travellers, we have nowood, past Sir Walter Farquhar's thing to do with them. But, as brief charming place, brings you to Great sojourners in summer quarters, we Bookham-high ground, from which may glance slightly at the difficulties fine views over Surrey may be had. they have to encounter. The larger From Bookham it is not far to one of towns in Brittany and Normandy, as the most beautiful spots in England well as those on the coast of France, -Norbury Park. Here the eye, en- are so much frequented by the Engchanted with the woodland scenery, lish, that English prices as well as the variety of foliage around, wan- English habits have crept in; and ders, delighted, to the happy-look- although the old difficulties about ing village of Micklehain, below; accommodation may no longer exist, but the stranger need not linger the newer one as to expense does. there, for, unless at the nice clean Boulogne, Dieppe, or Havre, are as little inn, or in some private house

dear and crowded as our own coast that may chance to be to let, he will towns; but let those who hope by find no quarters; but as he takes the going to an unfrequented place to high road again to Dorking, he can escape these objections, understand explore Westhumble on his right, what they undertake when they start not far from Camilla Cottage, Ma- with a family on such an expedition. dame D'Arblay's loved retreat; or In the first place, it is rare, except inquire at the pretty little inn, at in Anglicised towns, to find any the foot of Box Hill, just where the apartment let by the week,—by the bridge crosses that odd little river month, perhaps; but more generally the Mole.

a sum is asked for the season: 'La On the Holmwood Common, a belle saison,' as the French term that mile or two on the other side of undefined period, which may mean Dorking, on the Horsham road, he six weeks or six months. can have a greater choice. There In some of the pretty regions are a few good houses, several small round Paris, Mendon, Enghien, ones, scattered over the common, Montmorençi, Andilly, a villa could and plenty of indifferent apartments be had, a few years ago, for a thouaround it. The country is less at- sand francs (401.), or fifteen hundred tractive, but being more open is, francs (60l.) for the summer, or the perhaps, healthier; and to compen- year. These prices, cheap enough sate for the woods of Norbury, the for the year, or six months, are dear beeches of Betchworth, or green if the house is only required for slopes of Box Hill, you have charm- a few weeks; and few people like ing bits of broken ground, distant to bind themselves, nor would it be views of Leith Hill, as a feature in prudent to do so, for longer, in a your landscape. In fine weather the strange place. At Versailles, and air on the common is delicious. It St. Germains, and places of that is a safe and happy playground for kind, apartments by the month are children ; but for those who have no to be had; but even here, linen, carriage of their own with them, it plate, knives, and brushes must be has inconveniences in being so far found by the lodger, who, not having from the town. You are then depen- encumbered himself, perhaps, with dent on the tradespeople of Dorking all these extras, must hire them, at for your supplies, your newspaper,

much expense.

These are the difficulties at places to be the ' Etablissement des Bains.' where plenty of accommodation is It contained an elegant reading-room, to be found. They are, of course, it is true, and there were plenty of not insurmountable; but in going bathing-machines on the splendid to an unfrequented place, you may sands, over which blows the finest find yourself compelled to choose air in the world; but as a party of between remaining at an hotel, leav- twelve could not live in a readinging the place again, or at best taking room, they retraced their steps, and an unfurnished house, and hiring sought out the houses they hari seen furniture for a few months,-a plan ticketed; but, alas! these tickets more often adopted and more easily were perennial announcements, as managed abroad than at home. far as present time was concerned,

‘Let us go to a French watering- a lie. Nothing to be let, for months place !' said a rash family, one day. to come. In vain they walked round

• Well, then, where shall it be? the handsome market-place, and Dieppe is dear; Boulogne, dangerous surveyed Jean Bart's statue; in vain from scarlet-fever, and Calais is they ordered a carriage, and, to the dirty. Try Dunkirk.'

surprise of the inhabitants, drove 'Dunkirk une très belle ville,' said about, in a machine of the age of M. le Maistre, their French master, Queen Anne, with a pair of Flemish encouragingly; 'but more Flenish cart horses, as steeds; in vain they than French.'

strove to resign themselves to the To Dunkirk they went, viâ Mous- bustle and noise of the hotel: to cron, passing the (according to take an unfurnished house for three French authorities) magnificent months, and allow the enterprising mountain of Cassel, and seeming to upholsterer M. Boutel to furnish it, be in a land of endless canals and or to leave, were their alternatives. poplar-trees.

They chose the former. Boutel was They alighted at the excellent

summoned to a consultation,-re'Hôtel de Flandres,' now no longer quested to give a list; but overexisting, and their party of twelve, whelmed at the requirements of this including servants,

to be 'nombreuse famille,' he could never lodged, fed, and lighted for five get beyond the chimney ornaments: francs a-head.

une pendule, deux flambeaur, deux' The first glance at this clean, —something else; but whilst thus well-built town, with its large engaged with some members of the houses, and lively streets busy with family, another rushed in, exclaimthe life of a commercial town, not a ing, "We've found a house, and watering place, was reassuring; but taken it-so good bye, M. Boutel!' its distance from the sea was dispirit- Well, let us be thankful!' replied ing. Here and there ' Appartements the rest, as they hurried to take posgarnis à louer' met their eyes; but session of their cool, airy abodepersuaded of the existence of a ter- literally the only vacant one in the race, English fashion, near the sea, town, and make acquaintance with they wended their way thither. Like the lively Flemish cook, whose husthe proud young porter, in the bal- band was gone to the cod-fishery off lad of Lord Bateman '

Iceland, and who soon won their good

opinion by her excellent cooking of Away and away went those ladies,

the vegetables, especially potatoes, Away and away went they,'

for which Dunkirk is famous. Cerdown to the quay, over the most ago- tainly, its vegetables and pastry nizing stones, under one archway, compensate for much.

"N'est ce over one drawbridge, then another pas?' as the Dunkerquoise in variably archway, then another bridge-for asks. Dunkirk is a fortified town—and This is a specimen of the risks

it seemed to them, by the that large families would be wise long sea canal, to find themselves, not to incur. Amongst French towns, at last, arrived at a lighthouse, a we may mention Avranches, in Norsmall restauration for eating oysters, mandy, and Dinan, in Brittany, as and a solitary house, which proved pleasant summer quarters for those

were

miles on,

who like to combine the advantages longer surprised at the Germans of education with change of scene. engaging their summer quarters a Masters, at both places, are good, as year beforehand. This is possible well as moderate; the country about in Germany; one lives so slow there, both, very pretty-for France, re- events don't seem to come tumbling markably so; and the cost of living, in, in the harassing, upsetting way and house rent, is moderate enough they do in dear old England. to compensate for the length of the Of course, rather more caution is journey. Amongst smaller French requisite in unfrequented places, watering-places, Tréport is one of and a little local information is the nicest. The row of pretty-look- easily obtained, and then such mising houses, with their gay veran- takes as the following need not dahs, opposite the sea, remind one occur:-An English family, pleased of an English town. The line of with the scenery around a certain coast is bold and picturesque; there bright-looking little Austrian town, are fair sands, charming country conceived the idea of spending walks and drives to the town, and part of the summer there, and as Château d'Eu, in its immediate vici- the first step towards accomplishing nity, and more distant excursions, their wish, boldly proceeded to the as to St. Valéry-sur-Somme, Dieppe, handsomest-looking house in the &c. Last, but not least, although neighbourhood, and inquired whelively as a French town must ever ther it, or any part of it, was to be be during the season, it is always let. They were scarcely surprised respectable, and the French families when they were told perhaps—it who frequent it are inclined to be might be- by an individual who sociable: the English, at present, looked very much like a respectable have not overrun the place, to English butler, and who offered to their exclusion, as at Boulogne. show them over the house. The House rent is, however, dear at Tré- unusual comfort, nay even, elegance port, and the French engage the of the interior, puzzled them—the best quarters, months before the bed-rooms, too, had more the air of season begins.

those in an English country-house, If the custom we have alluded to with their baths, and other appliin France of having a ticket always ances, than the meagre fittings of a displayed on a furnished house, German sleeping-room. And when whether vacant or not, be incon- their guide finally showed them into venient, the German plan of having a billiard-room containing a capital none, or some ill-written hierogly- table, they expressed their alarm to phic at the corner of a street, where each other that they had made some one would never dream of looking mistake, and prudently declined for it, is worse. The only way to giving their names, in order, as proceed, therefore, in the Vaterland, their guide said, that the Herr is to knock boldly at the door of any Baron might write to them about house you fancy, and inquire for terms. On inquiring in the town, quarters. Little as the Englishman they found this respectable-looking may like such a proceeding, he need individual, who had so gravely not be afraid of offending, by so listened to all their remarks, was the doing, in any recognized place of Herr Baron himself, a man of forresort. Having learnt this lesson, tune, who had married an Englishhis next experience will be that a woman, and had no more idea of German requires time to negotiate. letting his house than the king, but First, he must have till Ueber- who quietly enjoyed the joke and morgen (the day after to-morrow) their bewilderment. to make up his mind; then Leber- This was not the only trouble moryen to consult his wife; then till these worthy people got into that Uebermorgen to settle terms, and so year. After a long journey in the on, till sometimes days, weeks, Tyrol, they came over the Vorarlnay even months elapse, and the berg to Lake Constance, a conpatient Englishman is fairly beat. venient halting-place for the rest of Having mastered this fact, he is no the summer. Despite its large gar

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