England 1980 – 82

England 40 Years Ago — January 17, 1982

We came back to this country just in time for a total rail strike. According to the paper, only 5 percent of the riders depend on rails for getting to work. I find that hard to believe, but probably only because it affects us. John went to work the day after our return, worked until…

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England 40 Years Ago — January 12, 1982

We drove in rain up the coast to Ostend and went on to Bruges without getting out of the car. I think we did two days’ walking in one, following suggested tours of Bruges. The city as I remember it, is a kaleidoscope of narrow buildings topped by interesting weather vanes mirrored in canals. We…

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England 40 Years Ago — January 3, 1982

Happy New Year! We had a lovely visit with John’s folks. I always intend to hustle people to and fro so they can see lots of interesting places, but I often fall down on the job. We did get to Brighton, but there were no parking places near the Pavilion. Each time we go, we…

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England 40 Years Ago — Christmas 1981, Part 3

Nymphenburg Palace was as beautiful as Versailles. In fact, it’s put together more cohesively. In a huge circle are small palaces, stables, walls, and the big palace. The large mansion is Baroque – lots of paintings, gilded scroll work and lavish drapes. We particularly enjoyed the carriage display with gilded sleighs, regal coaches of gold…

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England 40 Years Ago — Christmas 1981, Part 2

Continuing our Christmas in Germany: Near Regensburg were strange tall poles with wire stretched over the tops. Armin said that is for growing hops – a beer ingredient – and that we were in the major center for it. The villages nestled in the hills were gorgeous, surrounded by snow laden evergreen trees that almost…

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England 40 Years Ago — Christmas 1981, Part 1

We flew around Munchen (Munich), landed at Nurnburg, then back to Munich when the runway was cleared of snow. A bus took us from the plane to the airport where we met the patiently waiting Armin. (Armin H was an exchange student at Southwestern when we were in school. He visited us two or three…

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