• Beirut, Lebanon

    Submitted by scott on Mon, 10/25/2021 - 01:41

    Beirut was technically under Turkish rule was was effectively a British and French protectorate at the time of Twain's visit.  The Quaker City arrived September 9, 1867 and departed for Jaffa six days later.  Many of the passengers began overland journeys from Beirut.  Twain and seven others took the long trip.

    Beirut, on the other hand, would be completely unrecognizable. What was once a sleepy coastal town, barely one-up from a fishing village and even then one of the least significant ones in the Holy Land, is now a fully blown commercial experience.

  • Bombay (Mumbai), India

    Submitted by scott on Mon, 10/25/2021 - 02:30

    The Clemens party took rooms at the Esplanade Hotel, also known as Watson’s Hotel. (January 18, 1896). They made trips to Baroda and January 31 and Poona on January 29. They departed Bombay February 3 for Allahabad.

  • Lucerne, Switzerland

    Submitted by scott on Mon, 10/25/2021 - 02:31

    After touring southern Switzerland with Joseph Twichell, Sam joined his family at Lucerne and stayed at the Schweitzerhof Hotel.  He visited nearby towns and ascended the Rigi-Kulm.

  • Marseilles, France

    Submitted by scott on Mon, 10/25/2021 - 11:02

    The first continental European city visited by Mark Twain. He first arrived on July 4, 1867 as a passenger on the Quaker City and the next day left for Paris. He returned toboard the Quaker City July 13. While there, he visited the zoological gardens and Castle d'If. (Mark Twain A to Z) When the Quaker City arrived in Marseilles on the evening of 4 July, Clemens, Jackson, and Slote left the ship, taking rooms at the Grand Hôtel du Louvre et de la Paix, the largest hotel in the city, on Rue Noailles.

  • Melbourne, Australia

    Submitted by scott on Mon, 10/25/2021 - 02:30

    Mark Twain lectured at the Bijou Theatre in Melbourne five (5) times, Friday, September 27, 1895, Saturday, September 28, Monday, September 30, Tuesday, October 1, and Wednesday, October 2. He returned to Melbourne in late October and lectured once at the Athenaeum Hall on Saturday, October 26, 1895.

  • Heidelberg, Germany

    Submitted by scott on Mon, 10/25/2021 - 01:52

    May 5 or May 6 Monday – The Clemens family arrived in Heidelberg, Germany and stayed at the beautiful Schloss Hotel, which overlooked the old castle with its forest setting, the flowing Neckar River, and the distant valley of the Rhine. https://daybyday.marktwainstudies.com/vol-1-section-0036/ Vol 1 Section 0036 – Mark Twain Day By Day

    The family returned to Heidelberg for a week in August and September of 1891, before moving to Switzerland.

  • Constantinople, Turkey

    Submitted by scott on Mon, 10/25/2021 - 01:44

    Known as Istanbul since 1939, Twain arrived aboard the Quaker City August 17, 1867.  The ship remained there for two days then continued into the Black Sea.  Eight fellow passengers remained in the city until the ship returned to take on coal August 29.  It remained for 5 days.  Twain was particularly impressed with the Stamboul's bazaar.

  • Berlin, Germany

    Submitted by scott on Mon, 10/25/2021 - 01:42

    Capital of Germany, Twain's first visit was in 1891.  He and his family moved into an apartment on Kornerstrasse, but later moved to Hotel Royal on Unter den Linden while he was in America.  They remained there until March of 1892.  They returned for two weeks in May and June of 1892 and four days in June and July of 1893.

  • Venice, Italy

    Submitted by scott on Mon, 10/25/2021 - 02:05

    Sam and companions arrived by train from Bergamo July 20, 1867 at 8pm. They departed by night train for Florence July 22, 1867. Mark Twain Project: Quaker City Itinerary

  • Athens, Greece

    Submitted by scott on Mon, 10/25/2021 - 01:38

    Quaker City passengers were quarantined at Piraeus but Sam and companions snuck ashore and visited Athens at night, August 14, 1867. Mark Twain Project: Quaker City Itinerary

    Intended to be a highlight of the Quaker City cruise, fear of cholera caused local officials to bar anyone from coming ashore. The passengers could only make out the Acropolis from the ship through spyglasses. That night Twain, with three others went ashore and made there way to the Acropolis and back. Two others did the same later that night and two more attempted but failed, barely avoiding arrest.

  • Paris, France

    Submitted by scott on Mon, 10/25/2021 - 01:38

    Mark Twain first visited Paris July 6, 1867 as part of his "Innocents Abroad" excursion. In late February of 1879 he returned with his family and stayed until July. "The weather was miserably cold; he suffered from rheumatism and dysentery and spent most of his time in bed." Again in June of 1891, he passed through the city returning three years later for a stay of from March until June of 1894, then from October 1894 through May of 1895. (Mark Twain A to Z)

  • Verona, Italy

    Submitted by scott on Mon, 10/25/2021 - 01:38

    Sam and companions merely passed through by train on their way to Venice, July 20, 1867.
    Mark Twain Project: Quaker City Itinerary

  • Genoa, Italy

    Submitted by scott on Mon, 10/25/2021 - 01:38

    The Quaker City made port there July 14, 1867 and Mark Twain spent two days sight seeing before taking the train to Alessandria and Milan. The ship stayed in port nine days before sailing to Leghorn. Twain also passed through this city en route to Florence, with his family in November of 1903 and sailed from there with his daughters after Livy died the following June.

    From Baedeker:

  • Frankfurt, Germany

    Submitted by scott on Mon, 10/25/2021 - 01:38

    May 3 & 4, 1878

     We made a short halt at Frankfort-on-the-Main, and found it an interesting city. I would have liked to visit the birthplace of Gutenburg, but it could not be done, as no memorandum of the site of the house has been kept. So we spent an hour in the Goethe mansion instead. The city permits this house to belong to private parties, instead of gracing and dignifying herself with the honor of possessing and protecting it.

  • Rome, Italy

    Submitted by scott on Mon, 10/25/2021 - 01:38

    Sam and companions arrive in Rome, by train from Civitavecchia, July 27, 1867. The date is uncertain but Sam probably left Rome, by train for Naples, on August 1, 1867. Mark Twain Project: Quaker City Itinerary

  • Pisa, Italy

    Submitted by scott on Mon, 10/25/2021 - 01:37

    Sam and companions spend two hours in Pisa, July 25, 1867 then depart for Leghorn. Mark Twain Project: Quaker City Itinerary

    Pisa, a quiet town, with 25,000 inhab., is considered a favourable winter-residence for invalids on account of the mildness and moisture of its atmosphere. The heat in summer is oppressive. The Pisae of the ancients was one of the oldest cities of Etruria. It lay at the confluence of the Arnus and Auser (Serchio), which latter now empties itself into the sea. The present town, through which the Arno flows, lies about 2 1/2 M. from the coast.

  • Padua, Italy

    Submitted by scott on Mon, 10/25/2021 - 00:20

    Sam and companions merely passed through by train on their way to Venice, July 20, 1867.
    Mark Twain Project: Quaker City Itinerary