Wine is often a source of much vexation. The ordinary table wines
are sometimes so bad that the traveller is compelled to drink those of a
more expensive class, which is indeed the very aim and object of the
landlord. The wisest course is to select a wine which is the growth of
the countrv ; in N. and E. Switzerland the produce of Schaffhausen or
Winterthur is recommended, in the Grisons Valtellina (p. 343) (better
qualities of which are Sassella, Inferno, Sforzato. <V Bianco, etc.), in Hie
Valais the wine of the canton, in the W. of Switzerland Lacote (p. 174),
Larau.r (p. 192), Vrorne (p. 198), and Xeurluitel (p. 165).
If a prolonged stav is made at a hotel, the bill should be demanded
every 3 or 4 davs, in order that errors, whether accidental or designed,
may the more easily be detected. When an early departure is contem¬
plated, the bill should be obtained over-night. It is a favourite practice
to withhold the bill till the last moment, when the hurry and confusion
render overcharges less liable to discovery.
In Switzerland and N. Italy, as well as in France and Austria,
passports are now unnecessary, but as these documents are issued
by the English Foreign Office on inexpensive terms, and are
sometimes of service in proving the traveller's identity, obtain¬
ing delivery of registered letters, etc., it is unwise not to be
provided with one. The principal passport-agents in London
are: Lee and Carter, 440 "West Strand; Dorrel and Son, 15
Charing Cross; E. Stanford, 6 Charing Cross; W. J. Adams, 59
Fleet Street. In France the obnoxious system was revived in
1871, but again abolished in 1873.
V. Walking Excursions.
The pedestrian is of all travellers the most independent, and
beyond all others capable, both physically and morally, of en¬
joying a tour in Switzerland.
Disposition of Time. The first golden rule for the pedestrian
is to start on his way betimes in the morning. If strength per¬
mits, and a suitable halting-place is to be met with, a two hours'
walk may be accomplished before breakfast. At noon a moderate
luncheon is preferable to the regular table d'hote dinner. Re¬
pose should be taken during the hottest hours, and the journey
then continued till 5 or 6 p. m., when a substantial meal
(evening table d'hote at the principal hotels) may be partaken
of. The traveller's own feelings will best dictate the hour for
retiring to bed.
Luggage. The greatest drawback to the enjoyment of tra¬
velling is a superabundance of baggage. To be provided with an
actual suflicicncy and no more, may be considered the second
golden rule for the traveller. It is impossible to over-estimate
the comfort of being independent of that industrious fraternity
who make a pre> of the overburdened traveller. Win, has not ex-