National Geographic : 1955 Jul
Trying to adjust to the new currency every time we changed countries confused the girls. "How many Schillings equal a Deutsche Mark?" "What can you buy for 80 centimes?" "Is 6,000 Groschen as much as it sounds?" They frantically checked the exchange tables, shrugged their shoulders, and decided to let Annabelle continue handling the money. Shortly after we entered Switzerland it was time to part again, this time presumably for good.* I was going to Luzern, Interlaken, and then Italy, while my fair companions would travel through northern Switzerland to France. Again the farewells and the prom ises to write. My address book was bulging. At St. Gallen I took a train to Luzern. What scenery! It was the first time I had seen really high mountains. Soaring craggy * See "Switzerland Guards the Roof of Europe," by William H. Nicholas, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAG AZINE, August, 1950. Gondolas Glide Down the Grand Canal, + Celebrated Main Street of Venice "Italy's most exciting city," the author calls Venice. "Rippling waves, soft guitar music, and lavish mar ble palaces create a fairyland" (page 144). The Grand Canal splits the city into unequal parts. The 390 year-old Church of San Giorgio Maggiore tops an island opposite the piazzetta of St. Mark. + Mr. Nettis, momentarily lost in the maze of canals, studies a guidebook. Signs above his head direct visi tors to lace and glass shops across the bridge.