Chapter 9: Rizal’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 he loaned so that the Noli could be printed. First, he and Viola visited Potsdam, a city near Berlin.
At the dawn of May 11, 1887, Rizal and Viola, two browned-skinned doctors on a roaming spree, left Berlin by train. Spring was an ideal season for travel. Their destination was in Dresden, ³one of the best cities in Germany´.
Rizal and Viola tarried for sometimes in Dresden. They visited Dr. Adolph B.…show more content… Delightful Trip to Manila, Rizal left Rome by train for Marseilles, a French port, which he rich without mishap. The steamer was in on route to the orient via the Suez canal. Rizal thus who his historicalcanal for the second time, the first time was win he sailed to Europe from Manila in1882. At Saigon, on July 30, he transferred to another steamer Haiphong which wasManila bound.
On August 8, he returned to Calamba. His family welcomed him affectionately, with plentiful tears of joy. Writing to Blumentritt of his homecoming, he said: I had a pleasant voyage. I found my family enjoying good health and our happiness was great in seeing each other again. They shed tears of joy and I had to answer ten thousand questions at the same time. Unlike many successful medical practitioners, Rizal did not selfishly devote all his timeto enriching himself. He opened a gymnasium for young folks, where he introduced European sports.
A few weeks after his arrival, a storm broke over his novel. One day Rizal received a letter from Governor General Emilio Terrero requesting him to come to Malacanan Palace. Somebody had whispered to the Governors ear that the Noli contained subversive ideas. Rizal visited the Jesuit fathers to ask for the copy he sent them, but they would not part with it. Fortunately, Rizal found a copy in the hands of the friend. He was able get it and gave it to Governador General Terrero. The Governador General, who was a