June 23, 1928
Arrival in New York yesterday at seven. Had a bite to eat & then taxid to the S.S. Majestic where everything went along perfectly O.K. Went all over the marvellous ship the salons - the pool - restaurants - ball room and many other features are absolutely like a floating palace or to be rather different - something very similiar. We saw the Minnesota the Paris - the Berlin and I believe still another boat pull out from N.Y. We left promptly at one A:M
the [mural] was very interesting. We left [down] Florence at one for Venice & the ride was lovely. Passed thru the Appinines (if this be correctly speled) & over several important rivers. Arrival in Venice about 6:30 & after our dinner at the Hotel De la Gare we took a little steamer to St. Marco Square & saw the lovely Cathedral & the many interesting shops. The set for the opera was perfectly lovely. I came quite late - home - alone.
July 26. Miss Hinckley went with me down for opera tickets this morning & we looked the lovely shops over. We were invited to visit the glass factory of the square & it was lovely. The men made loverly things here &
and it seems every one kept awake for this event. I went straight to bed and slept like a lamb until about 7:30 & then up for a very nice breakfast and stroll on the deck. It is so smooth & lovely & peaceful - so far of course. We all hope it keeps up but it would rather a lot of fun to have a real storm. Every one is taking advantage of the bar - such people and all the girls smoking and trying to be different - [such] girls. I even feel like taking out a cigarette myself but