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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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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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 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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Day 29 – July 7, 1934 Stamford to Cambridge and London

At the start of the day they were eager to see if their trick Mr. Thomas had worked. It made for much laughter at breakfast.

They were impressed by Peterborough Cathedral.  The architecture is graceful though it doesn’t soar as muck as Gothic.  Passed through Huntingdon and saw the birthplace of Oliver Cromwell.  In Cambridge they visited    King’s Cpllege Chapel.  They visited Clare College and Keyes College nd Trinity College.  Lunch at the Bull Hoyel.  After lunch Mr. Thomas took her and Lib to Corpus Christie College.

They reached London late in the afternoon.  Went to their hotel and later walked down to Lyons.   Waited a long time for Lois and Mr. Thomas.  Had a wonderful steak and a chocolate sundae.   Went to the Regent Palace and met Dr. VanderByl and the Lewises.  They all walked down to Charing Cross.  After Lois sent a cablegram they walked back to the Regent Palace Hotel and had drinks in the lounge.  Mr. Thomas put her and Lib on the bus and then took Lois home.

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Kings College Cambridge

 

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Day 21 – Keswick to Glasgow

Nice weather today.  Their first stop was in Gretna Green where she “married the blacksmith,”  whom she found very funny.  Beautiful rolling hills, animals – horses, cats, dogs, cows.  Fairly good lunch at Dumfries.  Saw Burns Mausoleum.  Tea at Ayr-Station Hotel  Saw Robert Burns birthplace. Saw Loch Doon.  Found the monument to Burns entirely out of keeping.  Very attractive gardens, more natural than English gardens.  In general the Scotch scenery is more natural than the English and less neat, but the cities and houses look dirtierIn Scotland – and the children appear healthier.

She notes that Glasgow is a large busy city with fine .golf links on the edge. Stayed at the St. Enoch Hotel.  She noted many men hanging about the street corners.  Went window shopping, ate candy, laughed – and people stared at the 3 of them (my mother, Lib, and Lois).

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Day 20 – In the Lake District – Grange Over Sands – Windermere – Grassmere – Keswick

Another long day riding in the coach.  She liked riding up front part of ye time. They went to Dove Cottage of Wordsworth and De Quincey, a very pretty garden.  They road around Lake Windermere.  She notes the usual things – boats, islands, beautiful cloud shadows, foxglove, rhododendrons.  They stopped for a cold lunch at the Prince of Wales Hotel in Grassmere.  Afterward she “putted terribly” – (was there a miniature putting green attached to the hotel?}

More riding in the coach to Keswick.  A delicious tea at an “old fashioned” hotel with china all over the walls, big vases, pictures.

She and Lib and Lois went downtown – they got bridge tallies and prizes for the big party planned for later.  They dressed up for their big 6 course dinner.  They played 3 rounds of bridge, then trades and professions.

She, Mr. Thomas, Lib, and Lois walked down to the lake.  Great to get out and walk.  It was very dark – seemed romantic.

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Prince of Wales Hotel, Grassmere

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Keswick Market Square

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Walking near Keswick

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Day 17 – On Tour Again Ex London – Monday June 25

The tour started from King’s Cross Station.  They stopped at Tring for lunch and then continued on to Stratford.

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They stopped at the Red Horse Hotel where my mother had a “scrumptious” tea and played ping pong.

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After lunch the tour continued on to Warwick and the Regent Hotel in Leamington.  They had quite a dinner – 6 courses.  In the evening they went by private car to Stratford where they saw Romeo and Juliet.  She has great praise for the production.

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Old postcard of Mill Street Warwick

 

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