Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Travel Tuesday: Mom's 1953 Europe Road Trip - Into Germany

From Mom's Europe trip diary, in the "PLACES VISITED" section:
September 2, Wednesday – Road between Zwolle [Netherlands] and Steinburg, Germany
Left the Netherlands around 12 noo after using up all my guilders buying candy.  Dutch customs o.k. but I did not like German customs, especially when I went in to see about car.  Joye got sick at German customs, but we drove on to Bremen and then Hamburg.  In both cities we saw a lot of the war damage from 1944 and 1945.  Left Hamburg going north, had difficulty finding a place to stay--finally found one in town* called Steinburg where we all went to sleep around 8:30.

* According to the "HOTELS STOPPED AT" section of the trip diary, my mother spent this night at the Hotel Zur Steinburg in Steinburg, Germany.

Here's a map of her travels over the last few days, from Belgium through the Netherlands into Germany:





This is the 26th in a series of posts transcribing entries in my mother's 1953 Europe Trip journal.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Matrilineal Monday: Mom's 1953 Europe Road Trip - the Netherlands, continued

From Mom's Europe trip diary, in the "PLACES VISITED" section:
September 1, Tuesday – Road between Amsterdam and Zwolle, Netherlands
After breakfast drove to Alkmaar where cheese market is.  However, people only bring their cheese to market on Friday.  Drove up to dike which made Holland much richer.  Drove across it and then south along the area that has been reclaimed since dike was built.  A masterpiece of hand work in that dike.  Drove to Zwolle where we are spending night.  Joye and I are sharing a room that has a shower and balcony.  Got all my chores done and had a very nice rest.

* According to the "HOTELS STOPPED AT" section of the trip diary, my mother spent this night at the Grand Hotel Wientjes in Zwolle, the Netherlands.

Gerrie and Joye picnicking along road in Holland


Hotel Wientjes [9 October 2004] / LennartBolks / released to public domain 


This is the 25th in a series of posts transcribing entries in my mother's 1953 Europe Trip journal.


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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Mom's 1983 Europe Road Trip: The Netherlands

From Mom's Europe trip diary, in the "PLACES VISITED" section:
August 31, Monday – Road between Rotterdam and Amsterdam [the Netherlands] 
Drove around to see ruins and building being done.  Started on way to Amsterdam, arriving there at 12 noon.  Had difficulty finding hotel--streets narrow, some one way, cyclists driving one crazy.  Ate lunch (duck with mushrooms) at Victoria* where we are staying.  After lunch checked American Express then went on water tour of Amsterdam.  Very interesting sights were seen.  Even had to get up & go to front of boat under a bridge since water level was so high there.  Went out for dinner and then came back & went to bed.

* According to the "HOTELS STOPPED AT" section of the trip diary, my mother and her friends spent this night at the Victoria Hotel in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


The next two photos show scenes Mom and her friends might have seen on their water tour of Amsterdam, as these photos were taken in 1953:

Nederlands: Aalsmeerderveerhuis: Sloterkade 21 en 22 [1953]  / Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed [Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands] / CC-BY-SA-3.0-nl

Voorgevels [Façades] - Amsterdam [1953] / Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed
[Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands], Gerard (G.  J.) Dukker / CC-BY-SA-3.0-nl

Here is the Victoria Hotel, where Mom and her friends stayed.  The photo was taken in July 1979, but the hotel, built in 1890, is still there today.

[Victoria Hotel,] Overzicht [Overview] - Amsterdam [July 1979] / Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed
[Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands] / CC-BY-SA-3.0-nl

Looks like bicycles are still an issue in Amsterdam.  This photo was taken near the entrance to the Victoria Hotel in 2009:


Amsterdam Zentrum [Center] [2009] / Sterilgutassistentin / CC-BY-SA-3.0


This is the 24th in a series of posts about my mother's 1953 Europe Trip.

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Mom's Europe Road Trip, 1953: Begonia Festival

From Mom's Europe trip diary, in the "PLACES VISITED" section:
August 30, Sunday – Road between Bruges [Belgium] and Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Went to Mass at Bruges Cathedral--couldn't understand sermon--knelt in cane bottom chair.  Drove to Ghent & Antwerp where we lunched.  On other side of Antwerp went through customs (immigration).  Drove into Rotterdam and found place to stay with a private bath.*  Hallelujah!  Joye and I walked around and saw the ruins of the flood (very bad), had sandwiches at a tea room and came back to hotel to hang out a terrific washing.  Talked to an English woman in tea room and found that English don't like food either.  Saw Begonia Festival in Lochristi [Belgium] today - very beautiful.

* According to the "HOTELS STOPPED AT" section of the trip diary, my mother and her friends spent this night at the Atlanta Hotel in Rotterdam, Netherlands.


Above left: [Stained glass window in] St. Salvators [Bruges Cathedral, 18 September 2012] / Steve CollisCC-BY-2.0
Above right: Hotel Atlanta Rotterdam [circa 1935] / Public domain 

The Begonia Festival began in 1946 as a way for local begonia growers to make use of the flowers (they are raising the flowers to sell the tubers to gardeners).
The photos above and to the left were taken by my mother.

The flood my mother refers to was the North Sea flood of January 31 - February 1, 1953, which was most devastating to the Netherlands, with 1,836 deaths and extensive property damage.


This is the 23rd in a series of posts about my mother's 1953 Europe Trip.


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Friday, August 29, 2014

Mom's 1953 Europe Road Trip: Ferry from Dover, England, to Bruges, Belgium

From Mom's Europe trip diary, in the "PLACES VISITED" section:
August 29, Saturday – Road between Canterbury, England and Bruges, Belgium
Drove into Dover [England] and tried to locate American Express man--he didn't arrive before 10:10 so had to leave--left forwarding address.  Made arrangements for passage to Ostend [Belgium]--cost £16 3d for car and us.  Had dinner on boat*--food good--things looking up.  Arrived at Ostend--got through customs without their checking luggage again, and drove to Bruges.  Found room in a hotel without a bath for $3 for all three.**  Walked around town a little bit--finally ate at a cafe at the Hotel de Londres where food was very good.  Service exceptional.  Lights went off for 45 minutes in whole town.***

* The ferry was probably the Prinses Josephine Charlotte (II) of the Belgian ferry operators Regie voor Maritiem Transport (RMT).  The ferry service quit operating a few years after the Channel Tunnel between Dover, England, and Calais, France opened in 1994.

** According to the "HOTELS STOPPED AT" section of the trip diary, my mother spent this night at the Hotel Roode Leeuw in Bruges, Belgium.

***My mother mentioned this again in the "INCIDENTS" section of the trip diary:
In Bruges, whole town's lights went off for 45 minutes.  Quite strange--thought an air raid or something.
No copyright friendly images available for this post either, so here is another map, of the approximate route from Chichester, England, to Bruges, Belgium:


This is the 22nd in a series of posts about my mother's 1953 Europe Trip.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Those Places Thursday: Mom's 1953 Europe Trip - Canterbury

From Mom's Europe trip diary, in the "PLACES VISITED" section:
August 28, Friday – Road between Chichester and Canterbury [England]
Left Chichester around 10 a.m. driving northeast to Canterbury.  Stopped for lunch at Ashford.  Found out that Bovril was a beef extract--comes in concentrated form to which water is added.  Got into Canterbury around 3 and found a room at a guest house.*  Went through the Cathedral--saw where Thomas a Becket was murdered.  After dinner we had coffee in drawing room with an English woman who was a resident.  Enjoyed talking to her. 

* According to the "HOTELS STOPPED AT" section of the trip diary, my mother spent this night at the Westgate Court Guest House in Canterbury, England.

In the "INCIDENTS" section of the trip diary, my mother wrote:
In Canterbury we carried an old lady's bags upstairs for her. (They weighed a ton.)  We were told afterward that she had a title. 
Canterbury Cathedral - Portal Nave Cross-spire, September 2005 / Hans Musil / CC BY-SA 3.0

"Joye [Murphy] & Gerrie [Guokas] having tea in Canterbury at residence (hotel)," [August 28, 1953] / Sylvia John

This is the 21st in a series of posts about my mother's 1953 Europe Trip.


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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Mom's 1953 Europe Road Trip: Errand Day

From Mom's Europe trip diary, in the "PLACES VISITED" section:
August 27, Thursday – Road between Bristol and Chichester [England]
After breakfast, drove to Southampton where we got rid of packages, made reservations for car on Ostend ferry for Saturday by long distance to London, and did a few other shopping chores.  Left S/hampton around 3:00 and drove on to Chichester where we got rooms in separate hotels because we were afraid situation might be worse along road.  I spent the night in a single that cost 25 shillings.* 
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* According to the "HOTELS STOPPED AT" section of the trip diary, my mother spent this night at the Ship Hotel in Chichester, England. 

 No copyright friendly images available, so here is another map, of the approximate route from Dublin/Dún Laoghaire, Ireland, to Holyhead, Wales, to Chichester, England:

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

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Travel Tuesday: Mom's 1953 Europe Trip - Wales

From Mom's Europe trip diary, in the "PLACES VISITED" section:
August 26, Wednesday – Road between Holyhead  [Wales] and Bristol[England]
Arrived in Holyhead at 11:45.  Slept on steamer until 7 a.m., got off, had breakfast, & watched them unload car.  Drove through mountains in Wales which were beautiful.  Also drove through Severn River valley which looked lush and green.  Had lunch in Wales on a small hill - cheese, sardines, crackers, olives, tomato juice.  Very tasty, although almost froze to death.  Drove on into Bristol to spend night.*

According to the "HOTELS STOPPED AT" section of the trip diary, my mother and her friends stayed at Hawthorns Hotel in Bristol, England this night.

Part of the River Severn floodplain at Caersws [Wales, 25 August 2010] / © Jeremy Bolwell / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Hawthorns, University of Bristol [29 April 2008, cropped] / Francium12 / released to public domain









The Hawthorns Hotel was originally a row of Victorian villas built in 1888, altered and extended, and joined together with infills constructed in the early 1950s (and one in the 1960s).  It has been a residence hall at the University of Bristol since 1991.


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


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Monday, August 25, 2014

Mappy Monday: Mom's 1953 Europe Road Trip - Last Day in Éire

From Mom's Europe trip diary, in the "PLACES VISITED" section:
August 25, Tuesday – Dublin, Éire
Left Dún Laoghaire & went into Dublin to see about shipping car.  Made reservation & went shopping* for tweeds - bought 2 pieces - one gray with blue flecks & yellow flecks in it for Fred** -- one brown with red & white flecks for Charles.**  Had car lubricated & oil changed.  Also tires rotated.  Finally got car on boat - it cost about 12 pounds.  Our passage also cost about 2 pounds each.  These crossings are quite expensive -- at least more than I thought.  Rode train back to Dún Laoghaire where we caught steamer*** for Holyhead [Wales].

* From the PURCHASES section of the trip diary, it indicates Mom bought two cuts, each 4.5 yards, of Donegal tweeds from O'Beirne & Fitzgibbon in Dublin.

** Fred is my dad, Frederick Henry Pape, who my mother was dating at the time.  Charles is my uncle, Charles Guokas III, Mom's brother.

*** According to the "
HOTELS STOPPED AT" section of the trip diary, my mother and her friends spent the night on the steamship Hibernia between Dún Laoghaire and Holyhead this night.

Here are maps showing the places mentioned and rough routes from Edinburg, Scotland to Portrush, Ireland, and from the Giant's Causeway (near Portrush) to Dún Laoghaire (near Dublin):




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

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sentimental Sunday: Mom's 1953 Europe Road Trip - Irish Milk Carts

From Mom's Europe trip diary, in the "PLACES VISITED" section:
August 24, Monday – Road between Limerick and Dún Laoghaire[Éire]
Drove to Tipperary and Clonmel and thence north to Dublin.  Went through some pretty countryside - especially noticed milk carts drawn by donkeys.  Children without socks on and barefoot.  Dirty faces.  Couldn't get place to stay in Dublin so drove to Dún Laoghaire & after much looking & telephoning managed to get room on seaside.*  Checked with boat sailings and have decided to go to Holyhead on night boat which will save hotel bill.

According to the "HOTELS STOPPED AT" section of the trip diary, my mother and her friends stayed at the Ardeen Hotel in Dún Laoghaire this night.
Irish Boys and Milk Cart, October 1962 / Don O' Brien / CC BY 2.0

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

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