orientals oft covering immense slopes, in equal vigorous growth, displaying abounding health and strength, the one gray, the spruce dark, neither of them very sharp except young 2 maple and 2 oaks. These elm, ash, walnut, poplar, hornbeam, hop, dogwood, beech and many apple and pear, and hawthorn and plum and cherry, etc. The herbs - abundance of mints and campanulas, a charming saxifrage, many Hosakias, larkspur, columbines, hounds tongue, genista primula, strawberry, hazel very fine. The wild apples and pear often large and fruiting heavily. The ground covered. Altogether 25 trees or so. At 4 or 5 P.M. start on train for Tiflis, had compartment nominally to ourselves, though much crowded before reaching Tiflis at 9 P.M. Fine broad valley of Kroura all the way. Tiflis is a dirty, hot, dry town, crooked, ill-paved streets. Bazaar and market curious, endless varieties of trade and people. Donkeys loaded with charcoal, fruit, etc. July 20th. Visited botanic garden, a curious, interesting place, full of Caucasus plants 3,000 or so (?) Endless paths on rough stony hillside Ginko and magnolia thrive in open. July 21st. Visited Museum. Interesting collection of animals of Caucasus, of the people life size in[illegible]. And ordinary clothing and of
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