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(1931) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen Translator: Gerald C. Wheeler - Tema: Russia
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answered most undiplomatically to a journalist
when he was asked what he thought about European
civilization : "Well, it may be a good thing, if only
it was not so cursedly noisy."
The houses in the older parts of the town are
low, usually two-storied, with balconies or open
galleries on the second floor; and on these the
family, especially the wonien, spends the day, and
often the night as well, in the heat of the year. They
like to have at least two galleries and on different
sides of each house, so that there is always one in
the shade.
South of the old quarter of the town and the
bazaars lic warm sulphur baths, which have been
known and resorted to ever since olden times, and
may have given the town its nåme: in Georgian,
Tbilis-Kalaki (that is, the warm town).
A beautiful and peaceful spot in Tiflis is the
Botanical Garden in a narrow valley on the high,
steep hillside south of the town. It was refreshing to
come from the burning heat of the day into the
long, cool tunnel leading to the garden through the
precipitous hill under the so-called Persian fort.
The deep, narrow valley is cut into the hillside by
the stream called Savkissi, which at this time was
no more than a little trickling brook, but which
evidently at times, when there have been heavy
rams, may become a tearing, foaming stream, and
make a high waterfall. The garden Hes along the
steep hillsides and the ground is romantically
diversified, with a teeming, luxuriant vegetation
made up of all kinds of southern trees and bushes.

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