Saturday, August 16, 2014

Shopping Saturday: Mom's 1953 Europe Road Trip - Last Days in London

From Mom's Europe trip diary, in the "PLACES VISITED" section:
London [last two pages out of 4]
Aug. 15 went to Mass at Westminster Cathedral, which is huge like St. Patrick’s and real sooty. After breakfast went shopping for sweaters with Sylvia – bought a pretty shade of green sweater – cardigan style – cashmere for a little under £7*. At night went to Martinez Rest.** where we got good food for once.
Came back & packed preparatory to taking off for Scotland.
[Aug 16] Got up next morning, went to Mass, and checked out of hotel. Drove through London a little bit, went by Grosvenor Sq. to see Roosevelt’s statue and also No. 10 Downing Street
August 16 & 17 – Road between London & Edinburgh
Left London at 12 noon driving through Hereford, Northampton, Rutland, Nottingham, Riding, and Yorkshire. Stopped at Golden Fleece Inn in Thirsk for night.

*from the PURCHASES record in the diary - this was at Dickens and Jones (which closed in January 2006) on Regent Street.  It had been at this site since 1835.  I remember seeing my mother wear this green cashmere cardigan as I was growing up. Sylvia is Sylvia John, Mom's co-worker and travel companion.

**In 1953, Martinez Spanish Restaurant was located at 25 Swallow St., not too far from the hotel where Mom was staying.  It was at this location from 1923 until it closed in 1988.

"Westminster Cathedral 4227r" -  Blessed Sacrament Chapel, 8 December 2008
 / Patche99z - Own work / released to public domain

"Beauty hall" at Dickens & Jones on Regent Street, 12 January 2006 / Ann / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Grosvenor Square with Franklin D. Roosevelt statue, 21 June 2006 / © Stephen McKay / CC BY-SA 2.0

"2010 Official Downing Street pic - cropped to door arch"- No. 10 Downing Street /
Jdforrester crop from original by Prime Minister's Office, HM Government, 31 March 2010
/ Open Government License v1.0

The Golden Fleece, Thirsk, 12 November 2011 / © Bill Boaden / CC BY-SA 2.0

This is the ninth in a series of posts about my mother's 1953 Europe Trip.

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