From March 7th to May 8th, 1952, John Wesley Dobbs and his wife Irene traveled throughout Europe to visit with their daughter Mattiwilda. It was the couple’s first trip to the continent. Irene Dobbs’ travel diary records their experiences as they toured France, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Holland, and England.
Sunday April 20, 1952
After reuniting in Rome, the Dobbs traveled on to Florence and then Venice. Irene wrote about St. Mark’s Cathedral, the gondolas, and the pigeons of this “fairyland town.”
Saturday, April 26, 1952
Upon arriving in Amsterdam, Irene Dobbs was immediately impressed by the “riot of colors” of Holland’s infamous tulips.
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Posted by Kristin E. Wanek
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