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The Intrepid, an aircraft carrier, which my husband was serving on was supposed to have the following itinerary
11 June - Leave Norfolk
21 June - Arrive Med
23 June to 26 June - Palma Majorca
3 to 8 July - Cannes (refuel)
10 July to 15 July - Naples
(do sea maneuvers)
23 July - one day in Rota Spain
25-30 July - Valencia Spain
1 August - anchor off Majorca - no liberty
3 to 8 August - Toulon France
15 - 22 August - Naples
24 August - leave Med
Between 3rd and 5th of September - arrive home in Norfolk.
However this schedule was not kept - I think they skipped Cannes and were in Nice instead, and then they went to Cannes after the July visit to Naples. And they went to Marseilles instead of Toulon.
I was to meet him in Valencia at the end of July, and Toulon and Naples in August.
I stayed in six hotels on this trip. I found the ones in Madrid, Lisbon and Granada. I do not know the names of the hotels in Naples or Valencia, and the site in Marseilles is no longer a hotel
Getting to Germany was a protracted trip. Early in the morning of the 14th, I packed up my children in Norfolk and drove three hours to Baltimore. There, I left my two children with my mom. My oldest daughter was almost 3 and my baby was 10 months old when I left the US. I wrote postcards throughout the trip to my three year old daughter.
From Baltimore I took a train to Philadelphia (a couple of hours) to meet the German Society group
The group had a chartered bus which went to New York (another couple of hours), where we took a plane. This is what I wrote about it to my mom with also the postcards I wrote to my children. My mother retyped the letters (and added comments) to send to various family members (including my husband)
The car I boarded [in Baltimore] was a smoker, so I moved forward and this car is air-conditioned and is "No Smoking". There was a little red headed boy here but his mother called him back to her so now I have a seat to myself. I bought a carton of milk to drink with my lunch, which is delicious (the lunch, the milk was Sealtest). Daddy's sandwiches would have cost 85 cents to buy. I ate the pickles and the lettuce too, but I am saving the apple and cake for later.