Uncle Bob's Legacy
Bob's Journey to Europe
(As told by Robert McGill through his June - August 1938 Diary.)
Paris, 7 o'clock AM
Tuesday, August 16, 1938
Stayed first night at pension right by Eifel Tower. Paris I'm afraid is quite expensive. slept all morning (afternoon spent walking around Paris.). Found express and got 6 letters which made me feel pretty good.
Are moving to cheaper place tomorrow. I haven't seen anything yet. Went to picture show and then home to bed. Had to take a toxic.
Wednesday, August 17, 1938
Well. Today we proved we know what to do when we started to move. We found our bill was about 150 franks too high. The 'McGill' system worked like a charm as usual. We were soon presented with another bill. Which was correct.
We moved to pavilion Du Caz. an address given by the Express. To night we took some American girls to the Tombarin where they really had a swell show - Also dancing etc. A good orchestra.
Thursday, August 18, 1938
Today we went to the Louve' etc. Also walked about Paris the whole day. An American is considered fair game for anyone and it makes me mad as the devil, because I certainly won't take the junk they put out and they soon find it out.
Went to follies tonight then a perfume man took us to a few places that Paris is noted for. It cost us but we saw both sides of Paris.
Friday, August 19, 1938
By both sides, I mean - the good and the bad. I never saw or hope to see again so much vulgar stuff in one night.
Went up on Eifel Tower today. It is emmence. Rented a spy glass and saw all the buildings. I welll be unable to see otherwise.
Have seen the Victory Arch, Napoleons Tomb and all the rest. Still I have missed a great deal and shall be forced to come back here also.
Saturday, August 20, 1938
Ran into Mrs. Fletcher, Sally Marcell and Mack. Just pure luck all the way around. They were plenty glad to see me and I glad to see them.
Spent the day seeing the opera, etc. Buying perfume. and window shopping. The parisian women are very beautiful and dress like a million dollars. They are plenty neat. Many speak English. Most of them are these dark women. Many dye their hair black. I can't tell for sure.
Sunday, August 21, 1938
Anyway they're very attractive speaking women. We are forced to elbow our way to the hotel through women on the streets. They even grab you as you come along. Some of them are very young and pretty.
Leaving today for Cherbaury. The sailing would give us more time in Paris, but we find Paris much too expensive to stay here much longer. For Cherbaury at 4 o'clock.