People, Oct. 28, 1974

They were just two little girls enjoying their first-ever unchaperoned trip to Europe. "I danced a gavotte/ I ate an eclair/ I looked for Lee/ But she wasn't there," wrote a lighthearted Jackie Bouvier, 22, while her kid sister Lee, 18, sent home an unblinking commentary on her experiences. Once she encountered an interested Lebanese on the Queen Elizabeth. "Jackie has warned me," wrote Lee, "about the quirks in the sex lives of Near Easterners!!" Then there was the proboscidate Persian who whirled Lee round the dance floor ("The only thing I could...

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