In Memoriam



In Memoriam

(From left to right Anisa Omari, Joan Farwell, Bedia ?, Mahaut de Perthuit, Maria Teresa de Zaldo)

Sadly we lost one of our four travelers this year as well as two of their lifelong friends they met in the summer of 1949: Anisa Omari, Mahaut de Perthuit, and Hilde Stotz. All three had full, wonderful lives; all three were such energetic women and good, caring mothers who leave several generations behind them.  All three were fascinating women to interview.

(From left to right: the Stotz boys in  front, Maria Teresa de Zaldo, Joan Farwell, Hilde Stotz, Carmen de Zaldo, and a family friend)

Because of other commitments, my transcriptions of the interviews are moving glacially, so if any family members would like the tapes, let me know, and I can email them to you.

With love from Terry.

Joan in Germany

From left, clockwise around the table, Carmen, ?, Maria, Hilde, Joan. Photo by Fred Stotz. Summer 1949. This blog is about the obvious--that when you write or talk about your culture, you inevitably discuss place, food, and basic necessities. *   … [Continue reading]

Of Homes, Anisa, and Cowboy Boots

Of Home, Anisa and Cowboy Boots   Martinstor, Freiburg-im Breisgau. My photo. December 14, 2012. Preface: This is one of the last of my two-years of conversations with Tante Hilde, so I’m starting backwards with what is freshest in my mind, … [Continue reading]

The War under Mahaut de la Noue’s Bed

   American Hospital , Neuilly-sur-Seine This is a tale about how World War Two in Paris came to and end under Mahaut de la Noue's bed.  It is, in this way, also about the conflicts, conversations, and interactions between Americans, French and … [Continue reading]

Harrod’s and Other Enticements

  Tourists and Shoppers: London, Scotland, Cambridge Note: To distinguish between speakers, I’m putting my comments in “regular” font, Maria’s in italics, and Anisa’s in bold. Part One: Harrod’s and London Warning: this section contains a … [Continue reading]

The Queen! The Queen!

Now it’s time for “the” story, which makes me a bit nervous: where to start?  How to tell it well?  So I will let the travelers tell most of the story in their own words. But I do need to give some background information, so that the details of … [Continue reading]

The Rembrandt Hotel, London

The Rembrandt Hotel: Eating and After Eating This blog has three parts: I: buildings and personalities II: The Rembrandt Hotel and what to do after you've eaten food. III:  The Rembrandt Hotel and food. One hears comments like “the … [Continue reading]

London, London, London

This is a very silly start to this blog, but I do get to the 1949 trip later in the blog. In one of Charles (Prendergast's) favorite books from his childhood, The Absent-Minded Fellow from Portobello, the eponymous protagonist attempts--in … [Continue reading]

How Anisa Saadoun Got to Europe

TWA Stewardesses, 1949 In December 1979 I was preparing to return from Paris to Potomac for a Christmas visit when a Portuguese classmate from the Institut Catholique de Paris asked, "How are you getting home?"  His friend said, "She's flying, … [Continue reading]

How it all Began–Vassar, 1946

Vassar: Main Dorm, 2012 ( Vassar is, of course, responsible for this trip--the place that nurtured these women's ideas and interest in Europe, the place where they met, and the … [Continue reading]