I. PRACTICAL HINTS. Steamboats.
shirts are in many respects more convenient than linen ones, and
they practically diminish the bulk of the luggage. For the transport
of the latter on horseback waterproof bags or wallets (which should
be obtained at home) are much more convenient than trunks or
hard leather portmanteaux. The boots should be strong and able
to resist the friction of rocky mountain-paths and ruined masonry.
The hat should have a brim wide enough to afford some shade from
the sun, and a 'puggaree' tied round it (obtainable in Athens) will
also be found acceptable. Smoke-coloured spectacles will he found
a great relief to the eyes, though their use feels a little strange at
first. They may be purchased in Athens, but may be obtained more
cheaply in England or Italy.
The traveller in the interior should have also a travelling flask
and drinking cup, a knife large enough to be used in eating if ne¬
cessary, a fork, candles for evening use, a good-sized rug, a good
compass, and a sleeping-bag of linen or woollen cloth, tying tightly
round the neck (invaluahle against vermin). A stout cane or long
riding-whip will sometimes be found useful in repelling the village
and shepherds' dogs, though stone-throwing is perhaps still more
effective. A good camp-bed for long journeys may be obtained in
England for 30 or 35*. — The large native wooden flask is known
in Greece as lTzitza\
Communication between Greece and the Italian ports, Marseilles,
and Trieste, is maintained chiefly hy the Messageries Maritimes
(Rue Vignon 1, Paris), the Navigazione generate italiana (Florio-
Rubattino, Rome), the North German Lloyd (Bremen), and the
Austrian Lloyd (Lloyd Austriaco, Trieste). Between Greece and
Constantinople, Saloniki, and Asia Minor communication is main¬
tained by the above companies and also by the Russian Steamship
Co. (Odessa) and the Khedivial Mail Line (Alexandria). Each com¬
pany possesses vessels of varying merit, but on the whole the
differences in speed, accommodation, provisions, and cleanliness
are comparatively trifling. The most important routes are given in
R. 1 of the Handbook and in the Synopsis on pp. xviiia-d; they
may be found also in Bradshaw's Continental Railway Guide (2s.)
and other time-tables. Details will be found in the various publi¬
cations which may be obtained from the above-named companies
on application by letter or otherwise.
Food is included in the first-class and second-class fares of all these
companies. (It is not, however, provided gratis during accidental delay
through quarantine or other unforeseen causes.) Early in the morning
coffee is provided. Dijeuner in, la fourchelle, served at 11 or 12 consists
of 3-4 courses. Dinner is a simitar repast about 6 o'clock. First-class
passengers have tea in the afternoon, sometimes in ths evening also.
Fees. The steward expects i/a-1 fr. for each day of the vova»e but
more if the passenger has given unusual trouble. " ° '