#2617: Willa Cather to Blanche Knopf, August 21 [1930]

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GRAND HÔTEL D'AIX
AIX-LES-BAINS
(SAVOIE)
My Dear Blanche1;

I have been gloriously doing nothing here for three weeks, after very interesting but rather tiring travelling in Provençe. I love Aix2, and this year it is not at all crowded. I've always thought the cookery and pastry of Savoie3 the best in France4, and, alas, I have picked up a couple of pounds! I expect to sail on the Empress of Scotland, September 205, landing at Quebec6 and going straight down to Jaffrey, New Hampshire7, to the old hotel8 where I always work in comfort and quiet. I dont want want to go to New York9 until I have finished the last part of the book10. I've been too lazy to work over here, and seeing too many old friends. I had two thrilling weeks motoring through the wild coast and mountains about Marseille11—I've wanted for years to explore it.

The Hambourgs12 are now in Salzburg13, at the Mozart14 festival15, but they will meet me in Paris16 September 4th.

My love to you and Alfred17 and best wishes to everyone in the office.

Yours Willa Cather Willa Cather