MARY ELIZABETH MCGRATH BLAKE #100travelHERS
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Born: September 1, 1840; Dungarvan, Ireland
Died: February 26, 1907; Boston, Massachusetts
Notable journeys: Blake immigrated to the United States as a child, and she returned to Europe five times. Also traveled extensively across the western United States and in Mexico with her friend, Mary F. Sullivan. Advocated strongly for American travelers to “get off the beaten path.”
Notable work: On The Wing; Mexico: Picturesque, Political, Progressive; A Summer Holiday in Europe
Quote: “To the real traveller, one can only say God speed. For him the radiant world waits; and at every turn some new sense of delight comes to make life splendid. Day by day he becomes conscious of heights and depths in his being which were unknown before, until he seems to be for the first time becoming acquainted with himself.”