Frederick James Webley (1856-1946)

"A Tour of 7 European Countries"

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We left Salt Lake City on Saturday evening. June 12th, (1937) on the D. & R. G. Scenic Way.

Tuesday, June 15 – Arrived at Chicago where we met Pres. Grant’s party, and we all arrived at Montreal next day, after riding alongside the Lakes. Later on we reached Quebec and went on our ship, the Empress of Australia, where the Union Jack was floating on the breeze.

Wednesday 16, After showing our passports, tickets, etc., we were assigned to our berchs. and we sailed along the St. Lawrence River, passing the buoys which mark

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The Empress of Australia has fine accommodation for 1,000 passengers

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the navigable portion of the river. We all slept well that night and on Thursday, 17th June, we were all instructed to put on our life belts which were furnished us, and at the blast of the ship’s whistle we marched to our post D, and had a lifeboat drill.

Friday, 18 th June – Going on deck before breakfast – we saw numerous icebergs, and many cameras went into operation at once. Weather was perceptibly colder. (Millie sick)

Sunday, 20th Religious services were held in the Cabin Salon, Church of England in the morning, and L.D.S. in the afternoon at which Pres. Grant

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and Elder Hugh Brown spoke. The sea was very smooth all the way across

Tuesday 22. We passed several islands, as we neared Europe, and began packing ready for debarking next day, when we reached Cherbourg France. On board the train we rode swiftly along, passing through the green fields and villages of Normandy with their quaint red tile roofs. Flowers were everywhere and all enjoyed the scenery. We saw the River Seine as we came to Paris. Pres Lyman and Pres Ercanbrach met us at Cherbourg. We all stayed at Hotel Bohy-Lafayette.

Paris, Thursday 24th We all rode in

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See Diary 25 June

At –
Versailles we went through the Palaces of the Kings of France, which formed three sides of a square, the pavement of which was composed of square stone blocks. We passed through room after room filled with magnificent work of art, statues, pictures, tapestry, etc. splendid apartments of King Louis XIV, also Queen Marie– Antoinette, The Hall of Mirrors, where Peace Treaty of 1919 (1918) was signed. Fine marble staircase and Hall of Battles with captured flags, etc. 139 different kinds of marble. Palaces cost 500,000 francs.

The Invalides, built in 1675 Nopoleons body lived there 1848 Viseded Cathedral Notre Damae Where Nopoleon crowned himself. The windows were very beautiful Built 1163. in 1250 art – glass making

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busses to visit the sights. Saw the Arc de Triumph, where the body of the “Unknown Soldier” lies. A light was burning here, called the “Everlasting Fire,” kept alive by a form of gas. Saw Napoleon’s Tomb in the Invalides- (B. 1675 Body in 1840)
Marshal Foch tomb is near by. – Large crypt with battle-scarred flags from the Crimea wars – etc. Statue Joan (of) Arc
The World’s Fair buildings were not all completed, but many of them were works of art. Eiffel Tower is 600 feet high, and has elevators running. (See Diary)

Saturday , 26 June
. We visited the Grand Opera House, It is a marvelous place, and Faust was presented – Promenade after acts.

Left Paris Sunday 27 for Aic-les-Bains (Italy) the soldiers called it aches and pains

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Daily at 2.30 P. M. and 10.30 A. M.
Fare (including fees and guide) : 38 francs.


Daily (except Monday) at 10.30 and 2. P. M.
Fare (including fees and guide) : 55 francs.

Itinerary : 186, rue de Rivoli, Concorde Square, Arch of
Triumph, Neuilly, Nanterre, Puteaux, Rueil, Malmaison, Bou-
gival, Versailles ; return via Ville d’Avray (residence of Corot
and Gambetta) , Saint-Cloud, Bois de Boulogne, Office.

MALMAISON : Delijghtful Chateau, residence of Napoleon
and Josephine in which are gathered many souvenirs and
the deathmask of Napoleon.

VERSAILLES : The magnificent Château of Versailles, work
of Louis XIV and Mansart, with its gardens laid out by
Le Nôtre, is to day historical evidence of the sumptuous
fetes of Louis XIV.

Splendid apartments of the King Louis XIV, of the Queen
Marie–Antoinette, Hall of Mirrors (where the Peace Treaty
of 1919 was signed) , Marble staircase, Hall of Battles (a
previous Ball-Room of the King Louis XV) are visited.

The Grand-Trianon (where Napoleon and Marie-Louise spent
the hay-day of their married life), the Petit-Trianon (visit)
where Queen Marie-Antoinette, and the beautiful Princesse
de Lamballe so keenly amused themselves in rural diver-
sions, ignornant of their tragic destiny swiftly approaching
The Dairy.

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This is a health resort, many hotels built on hillsides, facing Lac de Bourget, a beautiful lake.
Next morning caught electric train and began climbing up the Alps. The mountain sides are all cultivated wherever possible, and grape vines are everywhere. Passed many waterfalls and forests. Electric power plants used the gushing streams, and factories all along used the power. Tunnels galore all day. Sendarmes wore Alpine capo and feathers. Officers with red caps and black leggings took our passports at the Italian border. Saw River Po and Turin Cathedral.

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Mediterranean Sea. Columbus Square with (his) monument in center. St. Peter’s day and all stores were closed. Wisteria, oleanders, date palms, figs, avocado, sugar cane, etc. abound. Many narrow alleys were here where swarms of children play.
Left Senoa for Pisa, passing many interesting places. On distant hills we saw what appeared to be white snow, but when we got nearer we found it was white marble – Carrera Marble Mountain. Miles of marble works were passed. Women and girls were working in wheat and hay fields.
At Pisa Millie and I with two others rode to our hotel in horse carriage – quite a novelty now, the River Arno passing by

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Pisa, June 30. After breakfast we walked to the Leaning Tower, which is a very fine work of art, composed of marble, with tiers or colonnades winding around the structure, with pillars of marble supporting each of the sections one above the other; it leans 16 ft out of perpendicular. A fine Cathedral and Baptistry is near by built in 1603, while the Crusades were on. Galileo’s lamp was shown, also a marble pulpit containing 2363 figures. Lawn growing on soil brought from Jerusalem.
From Pisa to Rome is a very pretty ride along the shores of the blue Mediterranean Sea, and we saw a waterspout on the horizon. Passed through many tunnels and found a wonderful grain country all along the way till we reached

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