Viewing page 7 of 47

486 Friday, April 22. Florence.

I forgot to mention (again, the surprising maturity of the young people here) Alberto's saying - "Put on your youngest dress and I will take you dancing in a public square. I want to show you how we love and enjoy life here." 'Why only a day in Perugia? It is worth a week, at least, compared with Rome!" Also, he is an amateur actor (was helping produce & act in a variety show to be held tonight & wanted me to stay & see it. A pity, I should have liked to. I was happy to have seen a bit of the life of a smaller city of Italy & to have met one of its fine youths.

April 22 -

As always, a new wonderful day - Two tours - AM & PM -
Through the city - S. Maria del Fiore (cathedral)
G. Giovanni (Baptistry), Uffizi Gallery
Afternoon - Antique & Renaissance Art - Pitti museum - and dine & visit to Fiesole (murals by Piero de la Fransesco.) 

Met on the bus Air Force - Lt. Col. Howard Mulholland,


487 Friday April 22   Florence

HQ ATLD MATS, McGuire AFB, New Jersey. Has been stationed in Saudi Arabia & Holland then the East. Finds westerners bland now. Has taught English in High School & Speech for 3 yrs. at Cornell. Fairly tall, even featured blue-eyed, well-spoken type of New Englander. Attached to his old mother for years (complex) until she died last June. Inhibited with, I supect homo-sexual desires. Why he invited me, I do not know - however, I was pleased to accept his invitation to a cocktail at Domey's Café- (Rumpelmeyer's type of bar & tea-room) - [[??]] & indoors- Went instead to Harry's Bar - American & then on to the Excelsior Bar (handsome hotel, situated on the bank of the Arno) excellent dinner afterwards & then to the Plaza de la Republica - for drinks & open air concert with several good voices - Italian opera & popular music. The soprano - with a lovely pianissimo also doubled as musician & played the cello - Also, an excellent baritone - Such voices would be beautifully placed in the states, I imagine on radio - here, they must
Please note that the language and terminology used in this collection reflects the context and culture of the time of its creation, and may include culturally sensitive information. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution, but is available in its original form to facilitate research. For questions or comments regarding sensitive content, access, and use related to this collection, please contact transcribe@si.edu.