Wery high bill, & disgusting landlord. RC I must confess is utterly amiable. Off by rail at 6 ― very fine day. ― Succession of long vallies by river side. At Montemolein (I think) pair of French Regiment got out, Band waiting playing ― “Partant pour la Syrie.” ― &c. &c. On to Chambery at 9-9.30 ― which I did not think any striking or pretty ― anzi.1 ― Then followed a really pretty lake ― Bourget? ― with Aix les Bains, & much beautiful scenery. By 11.5 arrived at Culõz, & all the Doganeria was passed most agreably & without bother. 11.45 ― at a good quiet restaurateurs, & after that we prowled about, & examined ants’ nests. ― At 4.15 left Culoz in the Macon train, & I was glad to get out once more into the plains: 3 inside besides ourselves. ― At 8 ― or thereabouts, at Macon, where there was no end of excellent supper & lots of time to eat it in.

Off ― ˇ[at 9] & thenceforth sleep or not as case might be, ― moonlight, & very comfortable carriage. ―

[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3.]

  1. Quite the contrary. []