one made a very shapely vase right before us. We came up for Sunshine & then right off on a motor [launch] for another trip. Went out to Burano & visited another large glass factory & here we also saw the men at work. Now to the famous lace school & the actual making right before us. The girls made lovely things & they seemed to work so very fast. You may get the idea of a handkerchief when one alone costs about $10.00. It is fully worth it when you see the marvellous work. Evening - the operas were perfectly amazing - have never seen such settings & acting in all my life. Cavalleria & Pagliacci were given with an orchestra of 180 proformers and
I must refrain I suppose Wonder how come even that "gentlemen prefer blondes" when all of them smoke & cut up so. But such is life as Anita Loos puts it. Have met several people but none of interest to me. Will be glad when I get to Paris where I may go & see & not be able to talk French or get around. I will love getting around in Paris. The boat is perfectly O.K. with exceptions of the vibrations which are a trifle annoying. I wish so much to have
Pietro Mascagni conducting. He was a general & at the end he was presented a lovely painting of St. Marks Cathedral entrance and lovely flowers. A chorous of 350 were scheduled for the last. 7000 seats and over 20,000 altogether witnessed this world's greatest spectacle. I felt almost like dying it was so wonderful. The moon beamed down beautifully over the stage & therefore it all was rarely (meaning very rare) realistic. It was not over until after two o'clock A:M. Imagine that for opera.
July 27. Up earlier than I expected & out for a walk to the Ponte Rialto where I wondered and got
gotten a barret [sketch of a beret] but I will have to get it in Paris - first one of the many things to wait for. A little better sketch.
Episode no. II Had a fine luncheon - (don't you love this trembly writing) went all over the boat again and [retreat] in the sun. Weather is lovely now. Stood in line one hour to get my mail - it is terrible isn't it when you have to wait. Just had a couple of glasses of good beer - I hope
a few sketches - one of the famous bridge. Home for luncheon & at two we went to the fashionable Lido & enjoyed the Adriatic & the interesting little shops. Terribly hot but the little canal steamer was rather cooling. In evening we had a lovely ride in the little & Grande Canal by gondola. Our gondalier could not sing but took us by one of the very interesting lanternd boats where a group of Itallian singers seranaded very beautifully. They really were charming & it all seemed like a lovely stage set. Came home & took a long walk before retiring.
July 28. Went down to the Salute (church) & got several sketches on the steps.