In the summer of 1896, soon after her arrival in Paris, Julia embarked on her first sightseeing tour: a railway trip through Switzerland. She traveled with three other young women: her San Francisco Bay Area friends Clara Kalisher and Jessica Peixotto, and her New York cousin, nineteen-year-old Nina Thornton. Julia was apparently the group’s treasurer, and she saved their trip receipts all her life. One of their first stops was Geneva, on the southwest border of France and Switzerland. They stayed at the lakeside Hôtel des Bergues, at that time the largest hostelry in the country. Founded in 1834, this elegant Neoclassical hotel is still in operation.