pine sylvestris, some oak, patches of each nearly pure, others mixed. The ground hilly and bouldery, gravelly, adorned with glacial lakes, bogs and meadows, many of the lakes of considerable size and handsome. White pond lillies common. Most of land along the railroad in private hands, not allowed to clear land without government permission. July 1st, 1903. Drove to American Embassy. Arranged to meet Prince tomorrow at 10:45 A.M. Drove around town all day - fine buildings, palaces, parks, etc. Visited the fine palace picture galleries on “the island”. 30 or 40 Rembrandt’s, glorious art, one old mother haunts me with her wondrous eyes. Van Dycks also, and Murillos, Rafaels, Titians, Salvator Rosas, Corregios, etc. Velasquez, a wonderful collection. Also endless jewellery - diamond crusted boxes, chains, clocks, weapons, etc., of little interest to me. One of 100 paintings worth all the beautiful barbaric rubbish. Portraits of the Czars and their wives, brothers, etc., abundant. The house of Peter the Great visited as a holy shrine. The assassinated Alexander has Memorial Church and Monuments, also wax figure life size
Original journal dimensions: 9.5 x 16 cm.
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