November 3rd Had a good dinner and slept well at the Hotel Bel Air. Suez queer old town. Some good buildings and gardens. Palms, bananas thrive and indeed most everything where water may be had. Left for Cairo at 11:00 A.M. Train runs along the side of Canal to Ismalia, fresh water canal from Nile makes oases here and there. Palm groves the characteristic feature of the landscape like islands in sea of sand. Here, we changed cars and met train from Port Said. After crossing desert much like some of Great Basin with patches of sage here and there, or Acacia we came suddenly into broad fertile valley on delta of the Nile - one continuous field and garden. All the horizon crowded with date palms, some close at hand in groves, avenues and standing snugly or in little groups out in extensive fields of cotton, now ripe, most of it gathered, one of the principal crops of Egypt, - and of maze and millet. The best of the cotton said to be the best in the world, better than the famous Sea Island cotton of America and fetching bigger price at Liverpool,
Original journal dimensions: 11 x 16.5 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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