Friday, April 11, 2014

Venice, April 12-13, 1954

1954 Itinerary so far:
Mon. March 15 - flew from ? to NYC via Pittsburgh on TWA
Weds. March 17 - dinner with Luna and Bob Herron and 3 children at their house
Fri. March 19 - board Saturnia or Vulcania
? - First stop at Lisbon, Portugal
? - Second stop at Gibraltar
Mon. March 29 - Barcelona
Tues. March 30 - Genoa
Wed. March 31 - Sorrento
Thurs. April 1 - Monreale, Sicily
Friday April 2 Palermo
Saturday April 3 Capri, Naples
Sunday April 4-9 - Rome
Friday April 9-12 - Florence
Monday April 12 Venice
Venice card to  Mrs. NW Ballantyne - April 12, 1954

Monday, 12 April 1954
Arrived in Venice this afternoon and have walked from the Rialto Bridge back to our hotel after taking a public motor boat up there.  Either you walk to where you're going or take a gondola or motor boat.  Not cars, no buses, taxis or anything else.  Plenty of little shops.  I'm watching for your pretty Venetian beads but all are real large so far but hope to find small ones like yours.  All our very best love, Harold & Jean
Venice postcard sent April 12, 1954 to CJU's and Mrs. NWB
Venice card to M/M CJ Uible - April 12, 1954
[To M/M CJ Uible] Monday, 12 April 1954
[Written by Jean:] Arrived in Venice this afternoon and have seen part of the town by motor boat and a lot by foot.  Found a hotel near the station 3600 lira [Written by HH:] including supper.  All these hotels have a fellow at the station trying to sell you – but we do better shopping around.  We had linen sheets (now Tues.) on the bed here.  Water is the streets and seems damp with no heat.  This bridge here is lined with shops.  No building lots at all in this town.  They say now is a good time to be here due to the smell.  Hope you had a * mail over the weekend.  [* Express mail?] – H&J 

Venice postcard sent to Catherine & Roberta - April 13, 1954
Note on front of card: 13 April 1954 Get on the ship in England 1 month from today.
We rode in a gondola like the one in the picture.  A lot [or it's not] like Lake Cowan – are you two ready for a picnic?  Leaving here at 6:26 AM tomorrow for Salzburg, Austria where we will be tomorrow night.  We went shopping today and bought cheese, ham, bread, butter, apples, oranges to eat tomorrow.  We see lots of signs in German now and can only guess what they mean.  Wonder if Roberta talks more yet?  Love & XXX, Daddy & Mommy

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