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Letter from Gertrude Bell to her stepmother, Florence Bell

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Gertrude Bell
Lady Florence Bell
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Pisa Wednesday 29. Dearest Mother. Here we are upon our homeward way - I did my packing last night and went out early this morning to walk about the nice Florentine steets once more. I also went to the Bargello where I had not been this time and which is full of Florentine sculpture and Luca della Robbias. I was awfully glad I had gone for I came away with the same impression that I had got from it before:- that nothing in the world is more delicious than the very best Florentine things. For pure pleasure I think one gets more from those people than from anyone I know. We left Florence [Firenze] about 12 - Caroline had a great tussle with her boxes, from which however she emerged triumphant, though I had a moment of thinking she could not possibly be ready in time when I came back to the inn and found her room still strewn with an extraordinary variety of objects! I could not be bothered to travel with all the things she does, cushions and little bottles of eau de Cologne and silver boxes and so forth - however, everyone to her taste! We had rather a hot journey here and arrived at 2.15. I forget if you have been here? our rooms are on the Lung Arno - such an empty deserted little Lung Arno after the Florentine one! We are just going to have tea, after which we shall go up to the Duomo and the Campo Santo which I am longing to see again.
I feel quite pleased to be this little stage on my way home. We leave here tomorrow at 2.35 and get to Milan [Milano] about 10 I think, via Genoa [Genova]. It's a little round about but not much I think, as the tickets this way are only 6 francs dearer than from Florence to Milan via Bologna. I hope we may find it less crowded than the Bologna route - Mrs Talbot said the train was very full the other day.

After all the hotel bill in Florence was not so excessive! Ever your affectionate daughter Gertrude

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