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Around the World in 80 Days

Day 70: 3 December

Michael Palin - Around the World in 80 DaysAs a valedictory dose of American landscape the ride down the Hudson could hardly be bettered. Though the intense autumn colours have faded from the woods that climb the cliffs on either side, the wide valley and its steep rocky banks offer a long and impressive stretch of grand and unspoilt river scenery, brilliant today in the unflinching sunlight.

Enjoying it too are a group of jolly ladies in their forties from Albany, who are leaving their husbands for a girls' night out in New York. A little shy to start with, but once it's established they're not going to spend the evening at the opera but at a male strip club, and that all of us think they're quite right, they loosen up and more Molson's beer is called for. It's a little early in the day to start, but as the Professor puts it we're all feeling a little de-mob happy. High on the opposite bank is a long sprawling pile that looks like a Russian jail. On enquiring I'm told it's West Point Military Academy.
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Around the World in 80 Days
  • Day: 70
  • Date: 3 December
  • Country/sea: USA
  • Place: Mohawk River
  • Book page no: 233

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