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The Open Road 23rd July 1969 – A Postcard Home.
Dear all, we slept in Chatillon last night, at the edge of the road, then caught the bus to Aosta. Then got a lift to Pré S. Didier near Courmayeur. From there we hitched through the Montblanc Tunnel to Chamonix. We gained an hour because of the time zone. These new shoes are almost in pieces! This afternoon (it’s 2.25 now) we intend to hitch through Martigny & Montreux & up to Germany. I thought the map on the other side would make things clearer. I’m afraid I haven’t the money to buy even the smallest souvenir – sorry. Love Jim xx P.S. Haven’t met Michael yet.
(My brother was hitchhiking around Europe at the same time. I believe we may have been in the same street on the same day but never saw each other.) https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/55390806e4b07116b5ee4161/1490715
The Open Road 24th July 1969 – A Postcard Home.
Dear Mum & Dad, Pete, the chap whom I was with, was going to lend me the fare back across the Channel. Today he was being stupid & eventually went off on his own and told me to try & get back on my £3. Off he went & left me in Switzerland. I am going to an Embassy in a few minutes but now, in this café, I am going to have a damn good meal. However, don’t worry. I expect I’ll be home before you receive this card. Love, Jim. https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/55390806e4b07116b5ee4161/1490719
Open And Empty In The Roof Space, Pandora’s Box?
A photo I took after climbing into the roof space of the derelict and abandoned 13th century mansion just 100m from Petriti beach, Corfu, once owned by Lady Palatianou-Adams, wife of the British High Commissioner and Governor of Corfu, Lord Frederick Adams. https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/55390806e4b07116b5ee4161/1490745