|Mom's passport photo|
My mother, Geraldine Margaret Guokas Pape, saved her travel diary from this adventure, as well as her passport, maps, and some of the photographs she and others took on the trip. I am in the process of transcribing the diary, and for the most part, I will use her words, photos, and maps. I will supplement with (copyright-friendly) images I've found online, both from the present day and from a more contemporaneous time frame, ranging from 1949 to 1966.
|Mom's Rosarian Club friends had a Bon Voyage party for her at the home of Marilyn Renfro, a future bridesmaid.|
My mother made this trip with Sylvia John, who worked with my mother at Humble Oil (now Exxon), and with Joye Murphy, a friend of Sylvia’s from Oklahoma. What's especially remarkable about this trip is that my mother took her car with her!
From the travel diary, in the "GOING" section:
Left Houston Saturday Aug. 1, mileage 11691.According to my mother, she and Sylvia left in Mom's car from Houston, and they stopped in Oklahoma to pick up Joye. I imagine they made it about that far on this first day of travel. They probably traveled on U.S. Route 75 (since then mostly supplanted by Interstate 45) from Houston to at least Dallas.
This is the first in a series of posts about my mom's 1953 Europe Trip.
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