regards the gentlemen, but ladies are examined in an apartment by females appointed by Government, the excess of whose tyranny is only to be equalled by its occasionally ludicrous result.
The greatest annoyance on landing is from people dispatched from the respective hotels, whose urgent solicitations for the welfare of their employers are anything but agreeable to the visitants.
The Hotels are capacious and neat, and although mostly conducted on rather different principles from the English, are still very comfortable. The bedrooms are large, but without carpets, and paved with red tiles, which are kept in a high state of polish. The beds are usually filled with wool instead of feathers. The female servants have a very slovenly appearance: they wear wooden shoes, and make no scruple of divesting themselves of their gown when the heat of the summer renders such garments inconvenient.
The houses (excepting the modern buildings) present an unseemly appearance ; many are in a decayed state, untenanted, and seemingly in a most precarious condition. They have very high roofs, indeed so much so, that many contain two or three attic stories, and are finished in a careless and rough style. The Cathedral and church are very old^buildings, and bear on their exterior evident traces of a popular revolution : the interior, however, of both are simple and bold. The organs are very handsome, and well toned: it would, perhaps, be useless to go more into their details: every person who reflects upon religious subjects will form his own estimate thereon, and most will duly appreciate the peculiarities of their tenets, as well as their many ostentatious forms and ceremonies of worship.
The English Protestant Chapel is a plain building, and was formerly a concert-room. There is service every Sunday at one p.m.