Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Helen's big 1973 adventure in Italy

I need to stay in good practice when it comes to reading the questionable cursive writing of my grandmother (Helen Chandler Adams Ingham). So today I'm challenging myself — with a little help from housemates — to transcribe her message of the back of this postcard that she sent from northern Italy to Wallingford, Pennsylvania, in May 1973.

The card itself shows Ristorante Tre Corone in Verona, Italy. (The restaurant has "helpfully" been circled on the front of the postcard.) But the card was mailed from Bolzano, Italy, which is about 95 miles north of Verona.

In a note to her parents (Howard and Greta), Helen writes:
Bolzano is lovely town — beautiful shops, old castles — aren't I glad it's Sunday!
Met Amer. Express tour at Touring Hotel in Milan yesterday. Today we started at 8:30 — stopped at Lake Garda, took boat across to Sirmione — lovely resort area — then to Verona saw Juliet's balcony?!

[entire indecipherable line, possibly about a beach ... or lunch]

cafe (pictured) — Lasagna — turkey cacciatore [?] on to Bolzano. Venice tomorrow. Rec'd my pkg (ticket) from AAA. No other mail though. See you soon.
Love Helen

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