Chapter 9Rizal¶s Grand Tour of Europe with Maximo Viola (1887) ____________________________________________
After the publication of Noli, Rizal planned to visit the important places in Europe. Dr.Maximo Viola agreed to be his traveling companion. Rizal received Pacianos remittance of P1000 which forward by Juan Luna from Paris and immediately paid his debt to Viola which heloaned so that the Noli could be printed. First, he and Viola visited Potsdam, a city near Berlin. Tour Begins
At the dawn of May 11, 1887, Rizal and Viola, two browned-skinned doctors on aroaming spree, left Berlin by train. Spring was an ideal season for travel. Their destination was inDresden, ³one of the best cities in Germany´. Dresden
Rizal and Viola tarried for sometimes in Dresden. They visited Dr. Adolph B. Meyer,who was overjoyed to see them. In the Museum of Art, Rizal was deeply impressed by paintingof ³Prometheus Bound´. They also meet Dr. Jagor and heard there plan about Leitmeritz inorder to see Blumentritt. He advice to wire Blumentritt because the old professor might be shock of their visit. First Meeting with Blumentritt
At 1:30 pm of May 15, 1887 the train arrived at the railroad station of Leitmeritz.Professor Blumentritt was at the station carrying a pencil sketch of Rizal which he sent toidentify his friend. Blumentritt get a room at Hotel Krebs, after which he bought them to hishouse and stayed Leitmeritz May 13 to 14 1887. Beautiful Memories at Leitmeritz
They enjoyed hospitality of Blumentritt family. The professor¶s wife, Rosa, was a goodcook. She prepared Austrian dishes which Rizal¶s liked very much. Blumentritt proved to be agreat tourist as well as hospitable host. He showed the scenic and historical spots of Leitmeritz tohis visitors. The Burgomaster (town mayor) was also amazed by Rizal¶s ³privileged talent´ Prague
Rizal and Viola visited the historic city of Prague. They carried letters of recommendation from Blumentritt to Dr. Wilkom, professor in...