Personal Narrative Of A Pilgrimage To Al-madinah And Meccah - Volume 1 by Richard Francis BurtonPersonal Narrative Of A Pilgrimage To Al-madinah And Meccah - Volume 1 by Richard Francis Burton

Personal Narrative Of A Pilgrimage To Al-madinah And Meccah - Volume 1

byRichard Francis Burton

Paperback | October 27, 2012

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Excerpt: ...and three boat-loads of Syrian pilgrims who had preceded us. We often envied them their small swift craft, with their double latine sails disposed in "hare-ears" which, about eventide in the far distance, looked like a white gull alighting upon the purple wave; and they justified our jealousy by arriving at Yambu' two days before us. The pilgrims had bivouacked upon the beach, and were engaged in drinking their after-dinner coffee. They received us with all the rights of hospitality, as natives of Al-Madinah should everywhere be received; we sat an hour with them, ate a little fruit, satisfied our thirst, smoked their pipes, and when taking leave blessed them. Then returning to the vessel we fed, and lost no time in falling asleep. The dawn of the next day saw our sail flapping in the idle air. And it was not without difficulty that in the course of the forenoon we entered Wijh Harbour, distant from Dumayghah but very few miles. Al-Wijh is also a natural anchorage, in no way differing from that where we passed the night, except in being smaller and shallower and less secure. From this place to Cairo the road is safe. The town is a collection of round huts meanly built of round stones, and clustering upon a piece of elevated rock on the northern side of the creek. It is p.215 distant about six miles from the inland fort of the same name, which receives the Egyptian caravan, and which thrives, like its port, by selling water and provisions to pilgrims. The little bazar, almost washed by every high tide, provided us with mutton, rice, baked bread, and the other necessaries of life at a moderate rate. Luxuries also were to be found: a druggist sold me an ounce of opium at a Chinese price. With reeling limbs we landed at Al-Wijh,FN#12 and finding a large coffee-house above and near the beach, we installed ourselves there. But the Persians who preceded us had occupied all the shady places outside, and were correcting their teeth with their case knives;...
Title:Personal Narrative Of A Pilgrimage To Al-madinah And Meccah - Volume 1Format:PaperbackDimensions:148 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.32 inPublished:October 27, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1153737205

ISBN - 13:9781153737203

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