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In the 1920s London (as defined by the administrative area of the County of London) stretches 14 miles east to west and ten miles north to south at its widest points, and covers an area of over 130 square miles. Within this area live almost four and a half million people.

As it stands, the city contains over 8000 streets and 650,000 buildings, including well over 2000 churches, 6500 hotels, inns and pubs, 20,000 shops and 18,000 factories and warehouses.


This is the densest city in Europe. Within the fortifications of Paris, an area of only 30 square miles, are nearly three million people, and a million more in the suburbs without.

Paris is the quintessence of urban sophistication. After its reconstruction by Baron Haussmann in the 1850s, Paris was truly a modern city. Its long boulevards are lined with elegant terraces. The meandering little streets of the medieval city have been pushed out of sight, though the wandering visitor easily fi nds charming back streets.

The aesthetic appeal of such a mixture of grandeur and intimacy is obvious, and it attracts every person of taste. One may mix with the haute bourgeoisie, sampling the huge variety of shops, boutiques, and restaurants that this great capital city offers to those with money. One may situate oneself on the Left Bank, mingling with the artists who reside there; English-speaking expatriates in Paris in the 1920s include Joyce, Hemingway, and Fitzgerald.

Strangers on the Train - Paris to Lausanne


The small city of Lausanne is located in the French-speaking area of Switzerland; many of the 70,000 inhabitants also speak German. For reasons of beauty, climate and hospitality, Lausanne has drawn foreign settlers for more than a century; currently more than one in seven residents are not Swiss.

Lausanne (the Lausonium of the Romans) occupies a beautiful situation on the slopes of Mont Jorat, overlooked by its cathedral on one side and its castle on the other, and descending to the shore of Lake Geneva (Lac Léman). However the town is not as rewarding as its glorious outlook. The streets are steep and irregular, and the houses in the old quarter lack any special architectural merit, although the old and new quarters are linked by the handsome Grand Pont, and the new quarter contains a number of fine modern houses.

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