Jackie ~

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I have always been captivated with Jacqueline Kennedy. Yes, I’m a Francophile, so I’m sure that’s part of it. But ever since 1960 when she became our First Lady, I loved her. She had such poise. Class. She was well-educated and intelligent.  I loved the fact that she had lived in France (At that time I had never even visited there, never mind lived there myself) She attended the Sorbonne. Even her maiden name, Bouvier had a lyrical, romantic, sound.  Quite simply, I admired her as a woman. 

So when a high school friend of my daughter recently told me about a book she had purchased years ago in Newport, Rhode Island, I knew I had to have it. It was originally published in 1974 and is a portrait of two sisters’ trip to Europe in the golden age of travel.

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In 1951, Jackie (age 22) and her sister, Lee, (age 18) took their first trip to Europe together. How exciting! And as they traveled, they sketched and kept notes, creating a journal of their time abroad. They presented it to their parents on their return home.

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So naturally, I was thrilled to discover I was able to purchase a used copy! It tells of a bygone era . . . when one crossed the Atlantic by ocean liner, took art lessons in Venice, visited counts and ambassadors in Paris and of course, wore white gloves in the afternoon.

It is a unique memoir and I’m delighted to be able to add it to my collection of treasured books.

See you here next time……………………

 

3 thoughts on “Jackie ~

  1. That book looks great…so glad your enjoying it. I Kennedy’s were never big fans of mine…so I never followed them and still don’t have much interest. I do, on the other hand, love the generation of young Kennedy’s coming up now…they seem more honest and really thoughtful in working for the people…So let’s just say I skipped a generation…I do like some of the photo’s though that you shared in that book.

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