Mediterranean Picture Lands

Mediterranean Picture Lands

Mediterranean Picture Lands

Mediterranean Picture Lands

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The destination of many who sail for pleasure is, soon or late, the Mediterranean. Upon the modern accessibility of this famous sea, for so many centuries associated with the destiny of nations, depend the protection of England's wealth, the conservation of self-destroying Africa, and the restoration of Greece and Asia Minor. A tour of its adjacent countries is a favorite winter trip, attracting seekers after the curious as well as the scholar who knows his history and geography.

On the southern route, a stop at the Madeira Islands is sometimes made before touching at Gibraltar. All except the initiated share a curiosity which is created by the main island of the group. A mountain, rising from the deep sea twenty-seven hundred miles from New York, beautiful in color, attractive in its individualism, is indeed a novel point of interest.

The youngest geography pupil on board knows that he sailed from the island of Manhattan, but he learns that there are islands and islands. Madeira lies one hundred miles nearer Africa than Europe. Fifty years ago, when American invalids sought the sunny winter climate of the islands, the voyage consumed four weeks; every captain was obliged to reckon with . . .

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