In the summer of 1907, the year after her father’s death, Ima Hogg decided to do what many wealthy young people did in that era: take a grand tour of Europe. She sailed from New York in June 1907, and she did not return to Houston until October 1908.
She traveled in a tour group, and she kept a diary, which is preserved in the Ima Hogg papers at the Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas in Austin.
Even then, she was into keeping her private life private. The first thing she wrote in her diary was:
This is a chronology of my trip to Europe--not a diary of personalities.