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Friday May 6 -  Nice to Barcelona

7 AM - Foolishly tired myself out & now up again so early ! Rainy, misty, moody morning. Down at the airport terminal & checked in at 9.15 & then went to sit on the Promenade des Anglais till 11.45 when the bus left. Greyed, lovely view, endlessly charming to watch, with the sound of the waves & the fragrance of the sea.

At the air terminal, the young man who weighed my luggage - asked - Est-ce-que vous reviendra? I shrugged my shoulders - 'qui sait.' May I write you a postal card from time to time? he asked. I wondered, but then, sometimes it makes people happy to feel they can correspond with someone they have met in another land - & so, because he was genteel, I gave him my card. On verra. Il s'appelle. Mr. Marcel Grifolia. Air France TAV. gust Ave V. Nice (AM) France Born of Italian parents who live in Chicago - nice, quiet person. Or, so he seemed.

On the trip over, met a very nice Spaniard. "Heliodoro," (I could not get his


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family name. Conversed in Spanish with him for practice & had him complimenting me on my accent. A manufacturer of ribbons - with an appreciation to some extent of art. Happily, does not like Dali - although he considers him a fine draughtsman. Correctly, drove me in his taxi to the hotel - & said he would send me a postal card to N.Y. Truly pleasant. Unpacked, washed by 4.30.

Arranged for two tours for tomorrow. 10.30 to 1.30 and 4 till-? Then arranged for this evening's tour, starting at 10.30 P.M.

Went out at 5, & took an hour's ride by tram about the city, which is lovely. Wide, handsome avenues, shops - Much more than I had expected. Then a cab to the Gothic Cathedral - which I shall visit again tomorrow. Magnificent, too. From there, to the "Pueblo Espagnol - whole quarter built up by the government as an Exposition of the different architecture of the various provinces. Beautifuly done, the old textures of stones, pavements. Amazingly well reproduced. Many shops displayed native crafts, leather, ceramics, weaving
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