The Diary of Evelyn Forrestâ€™s Trip to Palestine
Saturday, April 12, 1930
S. S. Champollion
9:30 a.m. Breakfast in cabin. Dad slept so sweetly until it was ready. Then I washed his face and hands, put on his slippers and robe and we were ready to eat. The sea is calm as a mill pond and blue as my dress. If we just knew all was well at home I would like to sail on for another week.
Wrote some letters and cards so they would be ready to mail soon as we land, but saved most of my strength for packing, which is always hard, and all must be ready today for we land so early in the morning. Our last walk in the moonlight. It really seems more gorgeous tonight than ever and the silver path on the sea sparkles as with a million diamonds. Good night.
Sunday, April 13, 1930
S. S. Champollion
6:30 a.m. We are near land [and] will be in the harbor in a short time.
7:30 a.m. Ready to land but they tell us in the Princess of Egypt is on board and must land first. The beautiful red carpet is laid from the gang plank across the street and up a whole block to her private car. Dad took a movie of her as she left the boat. We left immediately and were through customs and on the 9:00 a.m. train for Cairo.
It was a wonderful ride through irrigated fields, which are so well cultivated they look like gardens. Golden wheat and green alfalfa, immense fields of cotton about six inches high, date palms, and bananas and vegetables of every kind. Arrived in Cairo 12:30 noon, had lunch at hotel Continental Savoy, then back to the station in time to meet Mrs. Boutros, who took us to her house, where we found letters from Kelly and Lorene. Services 6:00; Richard spoke. Full house.
Monday, April 14, 1930
7:30 a.m. Breakfast on the veranda in the sun. Mrs. Boutros took us to see the wonderful pyramids and we both rode camels from the foot of the hill up to the pyramids and down around the Spinks.
Tuesday, April 15, 1930
Breakfast again on the veranda, but today we hunted the shade for it is very warm.