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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
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