Day 41 – July 19th – Thursday – Montmartre

They got up late but accomplished things.  They wandered around Montmartre, seeing all kins of things being sold on the street.  Had to ask a gendarme where the Church of the Sacred Heart of Montmartre was.  The gendarme was much amused.

She had a good lunch of cold chicken and brioche with chocolate sauce at a pleasant restaurant restaurant – Albert C          .

Walked up about 270 steps to the church.  People chanting, candles all around, some confessing.  Strange shape.  Many chapels.  Beautiful blue window, terrible red window.

They came back to their hotel after buying precious dogs.

She slept for a couple of hours then had a nice dinner of melon, veal, artichoke, and peach tart at the Miramar.

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Day 40 – Paris – Louvre – Paintings and Statues

On their tour yesterday they just drove past the Louvre.  But today on their own they went in – I trust that the line was not as long as pictured in yesterday’s Google image. The numbers of visitors in 1934 were fewer than in more recent years.

They saw pictures by Rubens, Van Dyck, Hals-Portraits, Murillo, Michael Angelo, The ngelus, The Reader, The Spring, Dance of the Nymphs, Mon Lisa.  In sculpture,  The  Victory of Samothrace, Venus de Milo, Diana, the Lizard Killer.

They shopped in the Louvre Department Store and then went back to their hotel to drop off their purchases. (In a future blog I’ll list all the gifts my mother purchased during this trip.)

They had tea at the Miramar and then went on to American Express, then had fun shopping at Aux Trois Quartiers.

They walked up Faubourg St Honore, then across toward the Seine, then walked and walked until they got to the Eiffel Tower just as it closed.  They were crushed.  Had an Eskimo Pie to cheer themselves on.  They walked up toward the Trocadero and across to the Champs Elysees.  Had a grand dinner of melon, jellied lobster, ice cream at Marignan, a new cafe.  They felt entirely silly so laughed almost all the way home.

 

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Day 39 – Paris – Morning, Afternoon, and Evening Tours

Mr. Jansen was their guide for both the morning and afternoon tours today.  In the morning they saw  the Louvre, the Church of Saint Germain, Palais de Justice.  They went into the Pantheon and Notre Dame.

(Since Notre Dame was in the news recently, I’ll go into more detail about what my mother had to write about that Cathedral.).  She wrote that the Notre Dame had marvelous stone carvings and statues – gargoyles and saints.  Gorgeous deeply colored rose windows at the back and at either end of the transept.  The columns are fancy, but the roof quite simple.  The far end of the Cathedral is beautifully shaped.

The tour continued.  They saw the copy of Trojan’s Column depicting Napoleon’s battles – made of cannons picked up at Austerlitz.  The Bastille, the Tuileries, Arc de Carrousel.

Had  a good lunch at Webers.  Strong red French wine.

The afternoon tour –  the Church of the Madeleine- impressive but she didn’t like it very much.  Place de la Concorde, Napoleon’s Tomb.  Passed the Eiffel Tower and the schools of the Sorbonne.  Stopped at the Trocadero.   Walked back to their hotel via some markets.

Had a good dinner at the Medova Tea Room.

The night tour – drinking champagne, Les Oubliettes, La Boule Noie, Le Moulin Rouge, Bal Tabarin, more champagne, dancers in costumes and less.

A few images  (credit Google Images)

 

Queue for the Louvre

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Arc de Triomphe

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Champs Elysees

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The Case of the Gilded Fly (1944) by Edmund Crispin

I’m reading this book now.

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This is the first book of my re-read project and it was also Crispin’s first mystery novel. Six years has enabled me to forget pretty much everything about this plot, so I was by and large coming to this book with a clean slate. Though having said that I think there were a number of things that I noticed with this book that I didn’t really pick up on with my first reading. One of these things is how Crispin’s novels do not necessarily have the same light hearted breeziness of earlier 1930s comic crime novels. Written in 1944, with the plot set in 1940, there is a decidedly darker hue to this book, which I hadn’t fully appreciated on my first read. However I am getting ahead of myself…

Over the course of a trying railway trip we are introduced to 11 passengers heading into Oxford. One of course…

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Day 37 – Paris – Versailles

After breakfast they went to American Express and joined the tour bus (full) to Versailles.  Visited  Malmaison, the Palace, Petit Trianon, Temple D’Amour.. Returned to Paris through St Cloud.  Detailed listing of the things they saw.  Napoleon and Marie Antoinette = many portraits and statues.   (It sounds as if they really enjoyed it all.)

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Day 36 – Arrival in France July 14, 1934 – Bastille Day

They had a cabin for the overnight crossing to Le Havre.  They were met by a man from American Express who guided them smoothly through customs and onto the train to Paris.  She writes that her initial impression was that the countryside looked more like home.  They were met at the station in Paris (presumably he took them to their hotel).  They were staying at the Regina on the Rue de Rivoli.

They watched the parade of the Garde Republican, Infantry and Cavalry.

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A Very Happy Easter

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This year I decided to follow the German-speaking tradition and have an Easter tree.  I have been in Switzerland around Easter several times, and love the little scenes they set up in shop windows, cable car stations and everywhere else.

The decorations for my tree, the wreath and lights have come from many countries, from Latvia to China and back to the UK!  So enjoy some photos of them on this happy day.

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Day 35 – Final Day in Bournemouth Friday July 13th 1934

They went for a long bicycle ride in the morning.  They rode along the East Cliff – about the same as the West.  They went through towns and rode for miles through woods filled with rhododendron.  They went through Christchurch and then to Ringwood – no trees just moors.  Heather everywhere.  Lunch in Ringwood.  When they got back they went down to the beach where she “made an easy pick-up” – Stewart Plantagenet Bishop, a commercial traveler.  He and his pal were fast workers.  They had a silly time fooling around.  My mother writes that it was very good that they were going to France that evening for the boys/men were too fast for Lib and herself.

After dinner they took the train to Southampton and left on the boat to France at 11;15 p.m.

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Christchurch town

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Ringwood town

Day 34 – Excursion from Bournemouth to Winchester

They were a party of seven –  three English, two American, two Indian  The country looked quite different – beautiful parts of Bournemouth with many trees and much shrubbery, farther out sandy moors with great treeless spaces then thick inviting woods, New Forest.  Stopped at Minstead.

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Got to Winchester about 1:30..  Had lunch at Dumper’s.

Winchester Cathedral awesome – described in detail.

 

 

 

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Rode home by way of Southampton..  Saw colts and horses in the New Forest.  Stopped at the Green Swan for tea.  Walked Boscombe Pier.

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