Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino By Samuel Butler






































































 -   The rhinoceros grunts a good fourth, beginning, we
will say, on C, and dropping correctly on to the G below - Page 206
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The Rhinoceros Grunts A Good Fourth, Beginning, We Will Say, On C, And Dropping Correctly On To The G Below.

The Monte Generoso, then, is a good place to stay a few days at, but one soon comes to an end of it.

The top of a mountain is like an island in the air, one is cooped up upon it unless one descends; in the case of the Monte Generoso there is the view of the lake of Lugano, the walk to the Colma, the walk along the crest of the hill by the farm, and the view over Lombardy, and that is all. If one goes far down one is haunted by the recollection that when one is tired in the evening one will have all one's climbing to do, and, beautiful as the upper parts of the Monte Generoso are, there is little for a painter there except to study cattle, goats, and clouds. I recommend a traveller, therefore, by all means to spend a day or two at the hotel on the Monte Generoso, but to make his longer sojourn down below at Mendrisio, the walks and excursions from which are endless, and all of them beautiful.

Among the best of these is the ascent of the Monte Bisbino, which can be easily made in a day from Mendrisio; I found no difficulty in doing it on foot all the way there and back a few years ago, but I now prefer to take a trap as far as Sagno, and do the rest of the journey on foot, returning to the trap in the evening.

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