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First Lady Leaves on Mediterranean Vacation

Oct. 2, 1963 - Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy departed last night for a two-week vacation in Greece and the Mediterranean. The First Lady’s plane, a commercial jetliner with 147 other persons aboard, took off from New York International Airport at 10:04 p.m. Mrs. Kennedy was to fly nonstop to Rome and then to Athens. She arrived from Washington aboard the Kennedy family plane, the Caroline. Mrs. Kennedy will visit in Greece with her sister Lee, the Princess Radziwill, and her brother-in-law, Prince Stanislas Radziwill. They will spend several days at the villa of the Greek shipowner Markos Domikos about 15 miles from Athens. Mrs. Kennedy and the Radziwills also plan to cruise the eastern Mediterranean on the yacht Christina, owned by another Greek shipowner, Aristotle Onassis. The Greek press expressed enthusiasm over the First Lady’s visit. The newspaper Athimaiki said: “We wish for Jackie to overcome her summer mishap and recover her unparalleled smile of the happy wife of the President of the United States.” Mesimzrini said it hoped the bright sky of Greece “will help take her sorrow away.”


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