The Reagans' stay in the Maison de Saussure and the President's use of another mansion, the Fleur d'Eau, as a site for his meeting with [Mikhail S. Gorbachev] has denuded a historical Geneva chamber of all its furniture for the week. The chamber-the Alabama Hall of the City Hall in the old quarter of Geneva-is of special interest to the United States.
Standing in below-freezing temperatures while waiting for President [Nancy Reagan] at Le Reposoir, the official residence of the Swiss president, was too much for three Swiss army soldiers. They fainted and were carried away moments before the President arrived for the official welcome by Swiss President Kurt Furgler. The remaining soldiers repositioned themselves to fill in the fallen soldiers' spaces, and when the President walked up and down during the ceremonial inspection of the troops, he did not notice three were missing.
Nancy Reagan has summoned her California hairdresser, Julius Bengtsson, to attend to her in Europe. This is not the first time that she has called on him for distant assignments. Bengtsson also accompanied Mrs. Reagan to Rome last spring when she met the Pope. In fact, she included Bengtsson in a small group of people who met the pontiff with her.