Thursday, October 16, 2014

Those Places Thursday: Mom's 1953 Europe Road Trip - Back in France

From Mom's Europe trip diary, in the "PLACES VISITED" section: 
October 16, Friday – Road between Bayonne and Angoulême, France
After late start, left Bayonne. Got car checked and it needed just about everything.  Weather was bad all day so didn't get any pictures.  Ate lunch in Bordeaux -- place and food were terrible, and I thought all French food was supposed to be good.  We are only about 300 miles away from Paris and just think, will be there day after tomorrow.

According to the "HOTELS STOPPED AT" section of the trip diary, my mother and her friends stayed at the Grand Hotel de France in Angoulême, France.
Bayonne, France; Petit Bayonne: old houses [14 September 2006, modified to remove modern intrusions]
/ Georges Jansoone (Own work) / GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC-BY-2.5
Bridge of Pierre over Garonne river in Bordeaux, France [12 December 2004]
/ Olivier Aumage (own work) / CC-BY-SA-2.0-fr

My mother said the weather was bad this day and she didn't get any pictures, but here are some things she might have seen:

Above:  narrow streets in the old part of Bayonne.

At left:  the Pont de Pierre in Bourdeaux.  The Pont de Pierre was the first bridge over the Garonne River. It was built in 1809-1822. It was the only bridge until 1965.

Below:  Interesting carvings on old homes in the old part of Angoulême.
Balcony and caryatids (19th century), rue Hergé, Angoulême [14 August 2012] / JLPC (Own work) / CC-BY-SA-3.0

At left is a map showing the likely route for the day.

This is the 70th in a series of posts transcribing entries in my mother's 1953 Europe Trip journal.

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