Tuesday, September ?, 1889


We find ourselves very centrally located, about three minutes walk from the Grand Opera House. We can easily walk to the garden of the Tuelleries, also Palais Royal, Louvre, and many other places of interest.

The family consists of about 25, all Americans and English, except Professor and Madam and Madamoiselle. They are an elegant family, such courtesy I have never seen. Everyone, bearing myself, talks French and such laughing, jesting and going on, in which I cannot join, is funny. Jennie’s French comes in well, and soon she will talk like a native.

We had a funny experience this A. M. We decided to take a car to the Exposition, so went out on the corner and hailed the first one that we saw, but they passed on. Then another, same result; then another and another. Finally we got desperate and shook our handkerchiefs and parasols in the most frantic manner all to no avail. The idiots of Frenchman shook their heads, and in disgust we gave it up. We told our experience at the Ponseon, and such a laugh as they had at our expense. We ought to have gone first to a Way Station and got tickets, as only a certain number with tickets are allowed on the “Tramway” or car, and you get in according to number. The streets are actually packed, 325,000 on the Exposition Grounds.

This eve we went for a walk out on the “Rue Cashillon”. There were thousands upon thousands of people, all orderly and polite, enjoying the scene.

[The previous entry is dated Sunday, September 8th, while the entry after this one is dated September 10th and definitely appears to be written a different day than the day in this entry. I am unclear whether the original entry was dated incorrectly by saying “Tuesday” – since Tuesday would have been the 10th – or whether the probable transcription from which I am working is where the error occurred.]

[Here is a basic page in English on Jardin des Tuileries (“Tuileries” is one of many French words misspelled in the diary). As yet I have not figured out what Addie meant when she said “Rue Cashillon.” Googling for exposition paris 1889 turns up a ton of hits for the Exposition Universelle held in Paris in 1889 for anyone curious to read more, and there will also be numerous further entries on the Exposition Universelle from the diary. For one of many pages in English, check out the U.S. Library of Congress’s page on some of their holdings from it with a select bibliography.]


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Kini
    Nov 18, 2013 @ 09:43:13

    Perhaps Addie’s “Rue Cashillon” refers to Rue de Castiglione which runs from the Tuileries to Place Vendome? It’s certainly a grand part of town!


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