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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 thruthe Appinines (if this be correctlyspeled) & over several importantrivers. Arrival in Venice about 6:30& after our dinner at the HotelDe la Gare we took a little steamerto St. Marco Square & saw the lovelyCathedral & the many interesting shops. Theset for the opera was perfectly lovely.I came quite late - home - alone.

July 26. Miss Hinckley went with medown for opera tickets this morning& we looked the lovely shops over.We were invited to visit the glass factoryof the square & it was lovely. Themen made loverly things here &

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and it seems every one keptawake for this event. I wentstraight to bed and slept likea lamb until about 7:30& then up for a very nicebreakfast and stroll on thedeck. It is so smooth &lovely & peaceful - so far ofcourse. We all hope itkeeps up but it wouldrather a lot of fun to havea real storm. Every oneis taking advantage of the bar - such people andall the girls smoking andtrying to be different - [such]girls. I even feel like takingout a cigarette myself but

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one made a very shapely vaseright before us. We came up for [Sun???] & then right off on a motor [launch] for another trip. Went outto Burano & visited another largeglass factory & here we also sawthe men at work. Now to thefamous lace school & the actualmaking right before us. The girls madelovely things & they seemed to work sovery fast. You may get the idea of ahandkerchief when one alone costsabout $10.00. It is fully worth itwhen 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. Hewas a [???] & at the end he waspresented a lovely painting of St.Marks Cathedral entrance and lovelyflowers. A chorous of [350] werescheduled for the last. 7000 seatsand over 20,000 altogether witnessedthis world's greatest spectacle. Ifelt almost like dying it was sowonderful. The moon beamed downbeautifully over the stage & thereforeit all was rarely (meaning very rare)realistic. It was not over until aftertwo o'clock A:M. Imagine that foropera.

July 27. Up earlier than I expected& out for a walk to the PonteRialto where I wondered and got

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gotten a barret butI will have to get itin Paris - [f???] me of themany things to wait for.A little better sketch.

Episode no. II Had afine luncheon - (don't youlove this trembly writing)went all over the boat again and [retreat] in thesun. Weather is lovely now.Stood in line one hourto get my mail - it isterrible isn't it whenyou have to wait. Justhad a couple of glassesof 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 & fellowsplayed & we sang & sang &tried to be gay as [good]be. Oh! Yes we did havea real good time - the crowdseems to be very congenial &I rather like them. Sat outon deck & baked in the sun& got hot & tanned a littlebit - no I mean a nicebit - like the Scotchmansays. After a rather [???]dinner I gossiped with[Mr.] Gavin a fellow at mytable - on art. He is very

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Very interesting floors in the church ofunusual designs - beautifully calmedwith age. Saw the noted Tintorretos& Titians here - also. Got home forluncheon about two & afterwardswent for a long stroll thru theback alleys for sketches. Went tothe Friara & enjoyed it wonderfully.\,the beamed gothic ceiling was a[find] of rare beauty. Wandered manyplaces & one of my sketches was the Santa Lucia & a near byCampanille. Got home late & afterdinner Miss Hinkley & myself wanderedover by the station & down towardsthe Ponte Rialto amid theinteresting, regular Italian life & Sat-urday nite at that. Mr. Burns arrived

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determined as well as myself. Heis going over with a scholar-ship from "The school ofthe Museum of Boston" for atwo yrs. study. Fortunate isn'the. I came in & watchedthem dance for a while. Didnot enter into the sport myself.Retired with a dreadful headacheat eleven. Our watches mustbe turned up 60 minutes tonight.

June 24 - Up for breakfast& feel so much better. Wentover to First Class & wrotea couple of letters - attended(for a while) the devotionalexercises & then read "TheN.Y. Times." Stayed [and]

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when we could not see the [l???]- looked & waited for Last Supperat the door but could not seeit. Arrived at charming Stresaon Lake Maggiore about eight& after a fine dinner we strolledalong the lovely shore & enjoyed the unusual coolness of thequaint & foreign town. 'Tislovely - absolutely so & we areall thrilled & bubbling over.

July 30. Up at 7:30 & out sketching& seeing the town. Got severalthings here - could sketch for a life time. We took a lovely littlelaunch to the three importantisles - Isola Bella - Isola Madre

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After my tea I strolled on deckand began to bathe in thebeautiful sun again. In eveningit was perfect. We sat out &Mr. Keech from London (afunny sort of [bragot]) enter-tained us first very nicelywith his [UK ] & then it becamevery disappointing when hestarted his [bl??ing] & oh!such conceit. I retired about twelve.

June 25th. A perfect morningReally we are having suchmarvellouse weather - perfect.We enjoyed the morning sportswhich were scheduled and

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