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Mark Twain – 9 Countries – 9 Quotes

Mark Twain was extraordinarily well traveled for a man of his generation. Here are some of his thoughts on nine countries he visited.

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FRANCE

“We have come five hundred miles by rail through the heart of France. What a bewitching land it is! What a garden! Surely the leagues of bright green lawns are swept and brushed and watered every day and their grasses trimmed by the barber.” – The Innocents Abroad 

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GERMANY

“The Germans are exceedingly fond of Rhine wines; they are put up in tall, slender bottles, and are considered a pleasant beverage. One tells them from vinegar by the label.- A Tramp Abroad

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NEW ZEALAND

“All people think that New Zealand is close to Australia or Asia, or somewhere, and that you cross to it on a bridge. But that is not so. It is not close to anything!” – Following the Equator

FIJI ISLANDS

“It is a fine race, the Fijians, with brains in their heads, and an inquiring turn of mind.”  – Following the Equator

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AUSTRALIA

“You Australians seem to deserve the title of “the cordial nation.” – Following the Equator

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INDIA

“The land of dreams and romance, of fabulous wealth and fabulous poverty, of splendor and rags, of palaces and hovels.”  – Following the Equator

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MAURITIUS:

“Apparently, there has been only one prominent event in the history of Mauritius, and that one didn’t happen.”  – Following the Equator

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SOUTH AFRICA

“The splendid black satin skin of the South African Zulus of Durban seemed to me to come very close to perfection.” – Following the Equator

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SPAIN

(We)  spent seven delightful days in Seville, Cordova, Cadiz, and wandering through the pleasant rural scenery of Andalusia, the garden of Old Spain.” – The Innocents Abroad

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