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European Travels, June 23-August 16, 1928

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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 &

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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

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one made a very shapely vase right before us. We came up for [Sun???] & 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 [??] of 180 [proformers] and

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Pietro Mascagni conducting. He was a [???] & 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

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gotten a barret but I will have to get it in Paris - [f???] me 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

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I may get fat on beer & [such] this summer. After this we sat in the lounge & several girls & fellows played & we sang & sang & tried to be gay as [good] be. Oh! Yes we did have a real good time - the crowd seems to be very congenial & I rather like them. Sat out on deck & baked in the sun & got hot & tanned a little bit - no I mean a nice bit - like the Scotchman says. After a rather [???] dinner I gossiped with [Mr.] Gavin a fellow at my table - on art. He is very

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Very interesting floors in the church of unusual designs - beautifully calmed with age. Saw the noted Tintorretos & Titians here - also. Got home for luncheon about two & afterwards went for a long stroll thru the back alleys for sketches. Went to the Friara & enjoyed it wonderfully.\, the beamed gothic ceiling was a [find] of rare beauty. Wandered many places & one of my sketches was the Santa Lucia & a near by Campanille. Got home late & after dinner Miss Hinkley & myself wandered over by the station & down towards the Ponte Rialto amid the interesting, regular Italian life & Saturday nite at that. Mr. Burns arrived

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determined as well as myself. He is going over with a scholarship from "The school of the Museum of Boston" for a two yrs. study. Fortunate isn't he. I came in & watched them dance for a while. Did not enter into the sport myself. Retired with a dreadful headache at eleven. Our watches must be turned up 60 minutes tonight.

June 24 - Up for breakfast & feel so much better. Went over to First Class & wrote a couple of letters - attended (for a while) the devotional exercises & then read "The N.Y. Times." Stayed [and]

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when we could not see the [l???] - looked & waited for Last Supper at the door but could not see it. Arrived at charming Stresa on Lake Maggiore about eight & after a fine dinner we strolled along the lovely shore & enjoyed the unusual coolness of the quaint & foreign town. 'Tis lovely - absolutely so & we are all thrilled & bubbling over.

July 30. Up at 7:30 & out sketching & seeing the town. Got several things here - could sketch for a life time. We took a lovely little launch to the three important isles - Isola Bella - Isola Madre

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After my tea I strolled on deck and began to bathe in the beautiful sun again. In evening it was perfect. We sat out & Mr. Keech from London (a funny sort of [bragot]) entertained us first very nicely with his [UK ] & then it became very disappointing when he started his [bl??ing] & oh! such conceit. I retired about twelve.

June 25th. A perfect morning Really we are having such marvellouse weather - perfect. We enjoyed the morning sports which were scheduled and

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