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Report 1316: European Travel Back When - 1964
By Marian from New Jersey, Summer 1995
Page 20 of 20: Epilogue
As we've all learned, any return from a European vacation is likely to be a downer. This was particularly difficult as I was not only returning home from a wonderful vacation but also Italy back to my parents' apartment in Queens. The lease on my sublet in Greenwich Village had ended in May.
I broke up with my boyfriend shortly after I came home; clearly I had not missed him at all, despite our having been dating for years. Shortly after that, I became really ill, and I thought that perhaps I had cholera or something exotic, but it was only a really nasty case of mononucleosis.
But I survived that, and months of recuperating while in my parents' apartment; in those days apartments were small and I shared a room with my kid brother. Eventually I recovered and took another apartment, with a different friend, in another part of the Village.
As to the people whose company I enjoyed on this trip: I know what's happened to some of them.
Stephen Maer, the young English jewelry designer who showed me around London, eventually became rather famous. My husband and I spent part of our honeymoon, summer 1968, in London and visited with Stephen and his wife Janet. They had a nice flat in Islington. Sadly, I see that he died, too young, in 2004. I have provided a link to his biography.
As to my friends in Paris and Nice: Marlčne has had a career in movies, I've seen just a couple of references. Her sister Joan, who was my hostess in Nice, moved to Paris, married and settled in a little town near Biot on the French Riviera. My husband and I looked her up when we visited near there in 1972 (I tracked her down through her father), and visited her and her young son at their home.
Shortly after my return I received letters from both J-L, mon ami francais, and Marino, mio amico fiorentino. Both were lovely letters, and I last read them when I was preparing to move out of my house.
I didn't keep in touch for long with J, but D and I have remained friends through the years. As for my cousin B, we are often in touch.
This was the first of many trips abroad, and of course one is always planning the next.
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