JOURNEY TO ATHENS
THE year 1932 was one of the happiest years in my happy life and made especially memorable because I saw for the first time two things I had always longed to see--Athens and a total eclipse of the sun.
On 19 February we sailed for Greece on the Saturnia. We had two reasons for taking this ship: one, that it sailed to Greece; the other, that we were informed it would stop at the Azores, Lisbon, Gibraltar, Cannes, Naples and give the passengers a fine opportunity to see these historic places.
Our first stop was Boston, which I had never before approached from the sea; I had had no idea of the picturesque beauty of the harbour. We were late in arriving, and very late in leaving.
On 25 February we reached the Azores, after dark, so we could see nothing. Some passengers who lived there left the ship, and a few got on board; we supposed we should wait till daylight and then have an opportunity to land. But the Captain said that was impossible; we thus moved on in the night. On 27 February we entered the Tagus and saw Lisbon after dark. The best scenery was in the sky. Over the city hung the three brightest stars in the universe, Venus and Jupiter and Sirius.
I had always wanted to see Lisbon, both for its own sake and because Henry Fielding is buried there, and I wished to do homage at his tomb. With his usual bad luck, he died there in 1754; if he could have hung on for one more year,