Re. Violet's proposed trip to Switzerland, relative merits of chalets, hotels and possible itineraries; flowers in garden; sending Zoo tickets; regards to Eleanor.
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Transcriber: Noriega, Melisa
Transcription date: July 11, 2013
Scrutiny: 11/07/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
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May 26th 1896
My dear Violet1
I have finished the Exam. Papers to day, & have now lots to do with a box of Orchids which a kind but unknown friend (to whom I wrote asking for some!) sent me.
Now as to your proposed Swiss tour. I am surprised at your preferring a hotel to the Chalet! You have always been raving about a Chalet. I think 4 would be ample for enjoyment.
Argentiere2 is on the route from Chamounix3 to Martigny4, and in August will be one continued stream of tourists, the hotels crammed, & neither quiet nor [] comfort I should think. It may be finer or grander scenery than Kandersteg5, but it will certainly be not so varied. When I first went to Switzerland with G. Silk6 we walked from Chamounix to Martiguy, & must have passed through Argentiere. My recollection is that the country was bare, & not nearly so beautiful & varied as that around Kandersteg.
From Lausanne7 you would have 40 miles of trail to Martiguy & then a carriage or mules to Argentiere, a lay [] days walk, though a fine one the Tete Noir -- and you would probably have to sleep somewhere on the way unless you could manage to reach Lausanne in the morning. So it would probably come to £6 -- for with the two journeys additional?.
Then in August all the Hotels are clear and I shall be greatly surprised if you can be taken for less than 6 or 7 francs a day. Best write & enquire. Of course Ma can come with you when you have arranged it all, but I think she would prefer Meyruigen[?]. If you want a cheap place [] the nearest & cheapest in Ormontes Dessus, near Oigle at head of Lake Senosa and about 30 miles beyond Lausanne. My guidebook says there are Pensions there at 4 and 5 francs. It is a grand & beautiful valley, with splendid precipices &c. As it is not for beyond Moutreux the Mussons would know all about it, & you might write to them.
The garden is looking pretty now with Irises, Azaleas, Roses, poppies, lupins &c. &c..
Let us know where you went with Will.
Your affectionate Pa | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]
I send 6 zoo tickets for any day -- Kind regards to Eleanor.
1. ARW’s daughter, Violet Isabel, (1869 - 1945)
2. Argentière, a village in the French Alps
3. Chamounix, commonly spelled Chamonix, is a valley in South-eastern France
4. Martigny, a French-speaking district in Switzerland
5. Kandersteg is a district in the canton of Bern in Switzerland
6. George Silk, Wallace’s lifelong friend, (1840 - 1892)
7. Lausanne, a city in Romandy, a French-speaking area in Switzerland
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