The steep hillside, from the castle clear down to the water's edge, is terraced
, and clothed thick with grape vines.
The first thing he did on dismounting was to try to find out where he was, and, as far as he could discover in the thick darkness, he found himself on the terraced
roof of a huge palace, with a balustrade of marble running round.
In the midst of the wood was the hallowed 'Hoolah Hoolah' ground--set apart for the celebration of the fantastical religious ritual of these people--comprising an extensive oblong pi-pi, terminating at either end in a lofty terraced
altar, guarded by ranks of hideous wooden idols, and with the two remaining sides flanked by ranges of bamboo sheds, opening towards the interior of the quadrangle thus formed.
From the broad landing they entered a long, green-panelled room lighted by three full-length windows, which overlooked the forlorn wreck of a terraced
garden, and wooded slopes beyond.
Below them, as they stood, the forest slid away in a sheet of blue-green for mile upon mile; below the forest was a village in its sprinkle of terraced
fields and steep grazing-grounds.
All round it the tiny terraced
fields lay out like aprons of patchwork on the knees of the mountain, and cows no bigger than beetles grazed between the smooth stone circles of the threshing-floors.
Ordering my cab to wait, I passed down the steps, worn hollow in the centre by the ceaseless tread of drunken feet; and by the light of a flickering oil-lamp above the door I found the latch and made my way into a long, low room, thick and heavy with the brown opium smoke, and terraced
with wooden berths, like the forecastle of an emigrant ship.
Almost as he spoke the huge figure of the hairy gardener appeared on a higher ridge of the trenched and terraced
lawn, hailing them with a brandished rake and a horribly bellowing voice.
A hollow like a great amphitheatre, full of terraced
steps and misty olives, now lay between them and the heights of Fiesole, and the road, still following its curve, was about to sweep on to a promontory which stood out in the plain.
Those roses there on the sofa--acres like them, under glass and in the open, in his matchless terraced
gardens at Nice
Somewhere towards daylight we passed the locality where the best authenticated tradition locates the pit into which Joseph's brethren threw him, and about noon, after passing over a succession of mountain tops, clad with groves of fig and olive trees, with the Mediterranean in sight some forty miles away, and going by many ancient Biblical cities whose inhabitants glowered savagely upon our Christian procession, and were seemingly inclined to practice on it with stones, we came to the singularly terraced
and unlovely hills that betrayed that we were out of Galilee and into Samaria at last.
The whole place was terraced
for taro- patches, fruit trees grew there, and there were eight or ten grass huts.