2 SEPTEMBER 1843, Page 13


As advertisement in a recent number of the Journal des Dam& holds out the promise of a " charmant voyage atres bon marche"— in other words, "a month in London for twenty guineas." We believe the idea of cheap jaunts of this kind on the principle of association originated in London, and that several such trips to Paris have been projected or performed. • It is not, however, with the jaunt itself or the price that we are so much taken, but with the London sights which the Parisians are promised for their twenty guineas. In London, they are to be taken once to Drury Lane and once to Covent Garden, "if those theatres be open," once to the Prin- cess's, and once "ii ramphitheatre d'Asley." Then they are to have a sight of "the Zoological Gardens in Surrey," and "the Menagerie in the Regent's Park," the Tower of London, the Poly- technic Institution, the exhibition of Madame TUESAUD, and the Colosseum. This, it would seem, is the Parisian idea of what London contains worth seeing : and probably it is quite as just and rational as the Cockney notions of Paris. One could almost fancy the list drawn out from the advertisement of public amuse- ments in an old stray number of the Times. Possibly the entre- preneur may be the enlightened gentleman we encountered the other night in a railway-omnibus from the South, describing the streets and buildings to some of his greener countrymen, as we passed along from London Bridge. The Frenchman got on with tolerable correctness as long as the vehicle kept the usual line ; but repairs executing in the neighbourhood of St. Paul's having obliged it to turn aside, he proceeded gravely and glibly to describe Newgate, which we were passing, as Somerset House ! The expeditions in the environs are to be Hampton Court, Windsor, Greenwich, and " Richemont par le steam-boat et retour." The mention of the last-named place reminds us of the promise- " Pendant le sejour a Londres, tin interprete toujours a la disposi- tion de messieurs lea voyageurs." If the interpreter is not already engaged, we would take the liberty of suggesting that the landlord of the Roebuck, on Richmond Hill, informs foreigners every Sun- day, by placard, that he has in his establishment " une personne sachant parler Francais." Intending subscribers are promised good board and lodging, and the beet-of French or English cookery. May the purveyors of this department be blessed with the judicious taste of Louts PHILIPPE, who has been importing cheese and bottled stout for the Queen of England's especial use ! Little as we are inclined to undervalue the amicable tendency of the regal hospitalities, we have more faith in these joint-stock visits of the subjects of the two Sove- reigns as a means of better acquaintance among the people.