A Wise Man’s Appreciation of Home

Our armchair travels with Cabot Yerxa over the past couple of months have brought us to the end of his voyage to Europe. On January 13, 1926, as the U.S.S. Leerdam made its way into New Orleans, Cabot found himself — like us today — in an unusually solitary environment. Unlike us, he was not yet home. The ship can …

A Virtual Tour of Paris, France

Let’s try something new again this week as we follow Cabot Yerxa’s journey to Europe in 1925. This time, instead of excerpting whole sections of his journal related to his impressions of a place or event, we offer intermittent bits at how he appreciated the value of perspective. All of the following items come from his time in Paris, France, …

A Virtual Show of the Folies Bergère

We’ve been following Cabot Yerxa’s journey to Europe in previous newsletters, “listening” to his impressions of the people he meets and places he visits. We thought we’d try something different this week, though it still relates to his trip in 1925, the main purpose of which was to study art at the Académie Julian in Paris. Sheltering in place means …

A Virtual Tour of Panama, France, and England

Through this newsletter, we have been offering our supporters and friends episodes of armchair traveling by following Cabot Yerxa’s journey to Europe in 1925. In our current day, with restaurants closed since mid-March and reopenings just now starting with limited service, we thought we would put together some of Cabot’s dining-out experiences as related in his journal. Bon appétit! IN …

A Virtual Tour to London and Paris

In our previous newsletters, we’ve traced Cabot Yerxa’s 1925 journey from America down to the Panama Canal and then to Europe. Accustomed to walking miles in the California desert to get water and mail — and being of a frugal nature, Cabot tended to get around foreign cities primarily on foot. But he also took note of other modes of …