My Mother’s Diary – Gifts Purchased

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I don’t know all the people listed.  Alice is the 3rd sister, one year younger than my mother.  Aunt Alice to me.  The parents – father is Alfred W. Friend, my grandfather, Grandpa to me.  Mother is May Belle Willis Friend, Grandma Friend to me.  Auntie is Eunice Augusta Friend, my grandfather’s sister, my great aunt, Auntie to me.

For her father she bought socks in London

For her mother she bought lace in London and gloves in Paris

For her mother and father she bought playing cards in Edinburgh

For Auntie she bought beads in Ripon England, a toothbrush in Bournemouth, gloves in Paris

For Alice she bought a rabbit in London, a set of something I can’t decipher in London, coffee spoons in Edinburgh,, dogs in Montmartre, gloves in Paris.

IMG_0002  the three sisters – Dorothy (Dot, Dottie), Alice, Lib (Libby)   1920’s

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2018_09_04_11_09_00.pdf000 Grandpa Friend and Auntie  1950 approx.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 50 – Arrival in New York, Friday July 27, 1934

The sisters got up at 7:30 after she and Lib had laughed and laughed about their trip and getting home. They were in New York Harbor with six or eight tugs playing around.  Saw the Monarch of Bermuda go out, later the Majestic.

They got their passports checked and their landing cards before breakfast.

Saw the Statue of Liberty.

Said goodby to people and waited on the boat for a time while the crowd got off, then disembarked and waited and waited for our baggage.  American Express man was there. A nice steward helped them.

Virginia met them and rode in the taxi with them to Grand Central where they had lunch.

They got the 3 o’clock train.  Hot.  They were in an unairconditioned car.  Train was full.

Met by the family at 8:15 in Back Bay.  Rode home and talked until twelve.  She felt rotten – still traveling on the ocean.

01-FrontCover-250 Cunard Line Passwnger List    sample passenger list (I can’t find the list for their particular trip)

1934_lowermanhattan004.jpg Lower Manhattan, New York Harbor 1934

 

Day 47 – At Sea RMS Berengaria

The weather was not too clear.  She got up early and walked.  She finally played her deck tennis tournament match wit Mr. Calvert against Mrs. Calvert and Mr. Ryder.

Diving was much easier this morning.  She stayed an hour a d a half.

She watched the ping-pong tournament, then a boxing match.

She collected money all over first class.

Talked with the English boy..

Watched ping-pong.  Played with Libby, Marjorie, orchestra man.

Talked with engineer after dinner in the fog, also orchestra.

Watched a good movie.

Beautiful moonlight on great waves.

Day 44 – At Sea – July 22 – Sunday

The weather was cloudy.  They had a big breakfast and then she had to wait an hour before going swimming.  The water was very comfortable – wavy.  She swam and dove a good deal.  Lunch at 1:30.

In the afternoon she talked with Mrs. Forrest.  Ran up and down stairs trying to find ping-pong.  Finally played three funny games on B deck.

Another long wait for dinner.

Talked with various people.

Walked the deck.

Had a cigarette.

Day 43 – Saturday July 20 – Homeward Bound – Paris to Le Havre – At Sea

 

The sisters got up early at 6:30.  They tried to get breakfast but the (American Express) man arrived before the breakfast came.  Much confusion and hurry but they got on to the train all right. In a compartment with 3 others.  Had an expensive lunch.  Got to Le Havre about 1:30, beautiful.  Easy to get on to the tender, also on to the “Berengaria”.  A very large boat {her word}.

Sailed about 3.  They walked around a lot.  They had a lot of time to waste before dinner at quarter of eight.

Beautiful full moon with just enough clouds to be lovely.

 

On the S.S. Beringaria

 

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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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starway miramar hotel paris  Stairway – Miramar Hotel Paris

27-11-1918-1 place de la republique  Place de la République   (old Postcard)

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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