August 7, 1928
Dear Mrs. Pike,
I hope that you enjoyed the week at Dunkirk and are feeling better and better - and I especially hope that my being away did not break up your family vacation plans. Mr. Pike has been writing me the best letters which I have received all summer.
We have had a very busy and hot journey but a gloriously interesting one through France and Italy, and leave Venice tomorrow for the Austrian Tyrol and Vienna. Isabel has been in a continuous ecstasy, as you can imagine. This is the view from our Grand Canal window, with gondolas sliding past every other minute and the little steamers which are the street-cards of Venice.
We sail a month from today.