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By Marie Bennett Alsmeyer

ISBN-10: 0585245193

ISBN-13: 9780585245195

ISBN-10: 0929398823

ISBN-13: 9780929398822

In 1950, a tender couple (both WWII veterans—a WAVE and an airman—and either with GI invoice journalism levels) give up their jobs on a South Texas weekly newspaper and embarked upon a 1200-mile bicycle travel via Europe.

“Such a visit made no feel in any respect in 1950," writes Alsmeyer, “but it used to be a gloriously loopy, mindless factor to do.” in line with notes, diaries, and letters, the ebook is greater than a trifling travelogue. It chronicles the folk and areas of postwar western Europe–including the voters of Vimoutiers, France, a city unintentionally bombed through Americans.

“One relations with twelve young children lived in a single of the homes that fell in the course of the first wave of the raid. the youngsters crouched less than a strong eating room desk until eventually the final of the bombs had hit. As rescuers went approximately their initiatives within the smoldering particles, those twelve children—in unmarried file—walked out of the rubble, hand in hand. They acknowledged that in basic terms the evening prior to, their father had warned them that if there has been ever a bombing raid, they need to disguise below the strong around table.”

Bicycle lovers, struggle historians, sociologists, women's reports students, and readers of go back and forth narratives will all locate anything of curiosity during this charmingly written narrative.

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It was astonishingly good though. I even had time to walk to town to see where father's 'Blue Ridge 'Division had been stationed during the World War I Chateau-Thierry Campaign. Then we boarded trucks for the long cold ride to Paris. Fortunately, I rode in the cab with the driver. " His eyes seemed glued to the horizon as if he were hunting for something. "Hank, it's getting too cold out here," I said, after a long silence. " I turned and went back to our warm cabin, but Hank remained on deck, apparently lost in his thoughts.

There was no booth to exchange foreign currency, so Hank hurried to the nearest hotel to change one of our precious American Express checks into French francs. I waited for him near our luggage, and was surprised that he came running back a few minutes later. " he called above the bustling noise. I kept our passport safely in my black leather GI purse that hung from my shoulder. It still had my maiden name embossed in gold letters inside. Off he went again. We had only about fifteen minutes to purchase tickets, retrieve our luggage from the station cart, and board the train for Paris.

It was awesomely silent, except for the slashing sound of water outside. I have always been fascinaled lay what goes on in the bowels of a ship. I remember when a couple of sailors in San Franciscoproudly took my WAVE friend Mary Bryde and me down to the engine room of an LST a barge-like ship used to transport tanks. Nothing can compare, however, to the time my firiend from Scotland and I went exploring, on the Delta Queen in New Orleans many years later. We went down several flights of a newly-painled gray metal ladder, searching for the sounds of churning engines.

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